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Raleigh's Carolina Ballet troupe has eleven male and thirteen female dancers. With one exception, all the male dancers are from foreign countries. Though tryouts were held, no male American dancers could pass muster. Artistic director Robert Weiss explains that larger companies in major cities like New York and San Francisco get the best male dancers. Such companies have bigger budgets and can pay dancers better salaries. Also the negative public attitude in the United States toward boys participating in ballet limits the pool of candidates.