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    Everything Was Beautiful at Lincoln Center Pressure to get your kid into the right preschool not quite intense enough for you? Good news! The School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, the nation’s premier ballet school, has lowered its admission age from 8 years old to 6. Kate Walsh was among the first group of 6-year-olds to audition yesterday. But don’t worry, stage parents: There’s another date later this month, plus one in September.
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    Everything Was Beautiful at the Ballet — and Tasty, Too New York City Ballet principal dancer Jock Soto retired recently, but on Thursday he’ll already be returning to Lincoln Center. This time, though, he’ll be the caterer — or, at least, his company will be. “I’m Jock of all trades,” says the dancer, clearly rehearsing a line he’s used before. His catering outfit will serve food at a ladies-who-lunch luncheon following a special rehearsal of the company’s benefit performance of Ecstatic Orange, in which he originated a lead twenty years ago. Soto has long had a passion for food — he co-wrote a cookbook with fellow City Ballet retiree Heather Watts, and he catered his longtime dance partner Wendy Whelan’s wedding — but it’s an admittedly odd one for a dancer. “All my career I had to watch what I ate,” he says. “Now, I don’t really have to. I can eat butter and cream and all the good things. No more unitards for me! As long as I look good in a suit, that’s all that matters.” — Rebecca Milzoff