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Balanchine the Teacher: Fundamentals That Shaped the First Generation of New York City Ballet Dancers

Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

Abstract

Widely regarded as the foremost choreographer of contemporary ballet, George Balanchine was, and continues to be, an institution and major inspiration in the world of dance. This book provides a technical explanation of the stylistic approaches that he taught in New York City between 1940 and 1960, as recorded by two prominent dancers who studied with him at that time. It replicates moments in the studio with the influential teacher, describing his instructions and corrections for twenty-four classes. These lessons not only introduce Balanchine's methods for executing steps, but also discuss t ... More

Keywords: choreographer, contemporary ballet, George Balanchine, dance, stylistic approaches, New York City, prominent dancers, studio, influential teacher, executing steps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032528
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032528.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Walczak, author

Una Kai, author

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