David Bintley, dancer and choreographer with Britain's lively Sadler's Wells Company, is at 23 already being compared to the towering likes of the Royal Ballet's Kenneth MacMillan and the Stuttgart's late John Cranko. "I think it is too early," Bintley demurs, "for anyone to say what my style is." Nevertheless, when Adieu, his sixth work, debuted in London last year, Ballet News called it a work of "poetic imagination." Since then Bintley has had similar success with Polonia and Night Moves—both created after he memorized every orchestral part and then did "whatever the music said." Yorkshire-born Bintley was raised in a house filled with music; his father, who works in a fire extinguisher factory, and his mother, a piano saleswoman, each play several instruments. At 11, David joined his little sister Sara Jeanne in dance school, and by 16 he had won a scholarship to London's Royal Ballet School, moving on to Sadler's Wells three years later. These days Bintley mostly dances less demanding character parts so that he can create new ballets. He shares a modest North London flat with one of the girls in the corps and enjoys painting and movies—but not checking out the work of other choreographers. "I either get jealous or bored," he explains, "and then want to rush home and start working."
Jane Rosenbaum, 27, started Perfect Party Planning in Manhattan 16 months ago with an answering service and two gifts from her parents: business cards and an ad in New York magazine. Since then she has grossed more than $1 million arranging everything from cozy $200 dinners for two to bashes for corporate clients like Revlon and Merrill Lynch for as much as $100,000. Rosenbaum handles "every detail"—from hiring the hall and the caterers to ordering noisemakers—then takes a percentage of the suppliers' fees; Jane's clients pay her nothing. "That," she quips, "is why I'm so popular." The daughter of a New York furrier and a housewife, Rosenbaum started waitressing in 1971 while attending Long Island's Nassau Community College at night. She transferred to Boston University but dropped out one semester short of graduation (her major was communications) to take a $20,000-a-year management position at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Three years later Rosenbaum struck out on her own and within a month landed her first big job—a dinner for the Colgate Grand Prix Masters Tennis Tournament. Jane still finds time to date and attend every party to make sure, among other things, "that the waiters aren't chewing gum. All the clients have to do," she adds, "is show up and have fun."