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DANCING ELEPHANTS

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Some years back, the Ringling Bros. Circus, always ready to attempt something novel, came up with the idea of having the elephants perform in a ballet. The management commissioned George Balanchine to choreograph the extravaganza.

Balanchine asked his compatriot, Igot Stravinsky, to write the music."You want me to compoose ballet music for elephants?" screamed Stravinsky. "Are you crazy? Can you picture these enormous creatures dancing a ballet?"

"But Igor, they're not enormous at all," explained Balanchine in his most reassuring tone. "As a matter of fact, they are very small elephants."

Stravinsky thought this over for a bit. Then he said, "You're sure?"

"I'm sure." "Well, maybe for small elephants, I could write something."

And he did.