A company of Ukrainian ballet dancers down on their luck spent Friday as tourists in the nation's capital as American benefactors tried to find theaters that would book them.

The 65 dancers, members of the Donetsk State Opera and Ballet Theater, had been left in Baltimore after promoters of their 15-city American tour backed out, leaving them without work, costumes or music.The experience has left the dancers with warm feelings about the Americans who stepped forward to pay their hotel and meal tabs, but it has soured them on the dog-eat-dog world of capitalist show business.

Vadim Pisarev, the troupe's lead dancer, said of American businessmen, "They're very harsh. They're very dangerous."