Ralph, the actual dance itself always begins with The Invitation. "I
come right down to the cat's level and begin purring really loudly.
Then I push one foot out behind like a tail and flick it from side to
side in the feline 'let's go' signal. At the same time, I reach out
for Petipa's paw, stop purring, and begin to hum something that seems
just right for the moment. It could be one of Handel's oratorios or
a sprightly chakra cha cha. The faster it is, the higher Petipa leaps."
From the book, "Dancing
Text by Burton Silver, photographs by Heather Busch