In the 1970s I was a teenage ballet student and frequent attendee of touring ballet company performances in New York City, and I was fortunate to see the wonderful male danseur of England's Royal Ballet Anthony Dowell, featured on this disc. He had a masculine grace with clean lines on extension, dancing precision, and good acting ability in the dramatic moments. His most famous partnership was with Antoinette Sibley (also of the Royal), but later he went on to partner with others including Natalia Makarova (their Swan Lake is available on DVD and can be purchased from Amazon) and Jennifer Penney, seen partnered with him in this DVD in the romantic ballet Manon, which was created in the 1970s with Dowell as original star. The four Manon excerpts seen on this DVD are absolutely lovely, and though Dowell was a decade older and a bit heavier than when I had seen him, he still possessed all the qualities I loved about him, and had many expressive scenes in pas de deux with Ms. Penney, including a deep kiss on the mouth done with great tenderness. He also has a more formal pas de deux from The Nutcracker with cute Lesley Collier, both in white Louis XIV wigs, then there are love scenes with other dancers in Romeo and Juliet, and a cast of several others in the comedy La Fille Mal Gardee. But the star ballet of this DVD is definitely Manon, and it is delightful to see the work of wonderful Anthony Dowell preserved on DVD, as there were not enough examples of his dancing filmed back then. A nice addition to my ballet DVD collection.