By Christina Campodonico
At first glance, 19th century story ballets — about women trapped in swan bodies, a princess in a perpetual sleep, and a Nutcracker Prince transported to a Land of Sweets — may seem to bare no similarity to the modern plotless works of 20th century choreographer George Balanchine.

But to American Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Lincoln Jones, the lineage between the two stretches across the centuries, united by the music of celebrated ballet composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Jones puts the classical ballet collaborations of choreographers Marius Petipa,


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