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DANCE NOTES: Paul Russell has been artistic director of the American Festival Ballet of Boise, Idaho since 1988 _ the only black directing a non-black company in the United States. A former member of the San Francisco Ballet, Royal Scottish Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem, he is a frequent choreographer as well, with ambitions to develop the Boise company. . . The Atlanta Ballet, oldest ballet company in the country, is 60 years old, and is celebrating the occasion is style, despite an accumulated debt of $1.4 million . . . And Canada's oldest ballet company, the Royal Winnipeg, turned 50. A gala season of touring in Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Soviet Union was eagerly anticipated, when tragedy struck. Within two months, three deaths rocked the tightly knit company _ Betty Farrally, a founder; Henny Jurriens, artistic director, and its star male principal, David Peregrine, who died in a plane crash. Despite the deaths, the company will go on with its plans . . . William Starrett, onetime Ballet West principal dancer, is now artistic director of the Columbia City Ballet (S.C.), where he is staging "Swan Lake". . . Suzanne Farrell will be in Fort Worth this year, to work with her husband, artistic director Paul Mejia of the Fort Worth Ballet.