Britain's Royal Ballet and the Dance Theater of Harlem are launching a joint community dance program for children of all ethnic backgrounds in both England and the United States.

"A Chance to Dance" will start in London schools in October with a series of lecture demonstrations conducted by both companies. Auditions will then be held to award youngsters showing a particular promise with two-year scholarships at local dance schools.Beginning in November, the Royal Ballet will feature principal dancers from the Dance Theater of Harlem in the Covent Garden performances of George Balanchine's "Agon," "The Nutcracker" and "Giselle."