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Balanchine the TeacherFundamentals That Shaped the First Generation of New York City Ballet Dancers$
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Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032528

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032528.001.0001

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Classes from the 1960s

Classes from the 1960s

Chapter:
(p.165) 1.10 Classes from the 1960s
Source:
Balanchine the Teacher
Author(s):

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032528.003.0011

This chapter describes two Balanchine classes from the 1960s, covering steps, tempos, and arm movements. Pirouettes were done from a very large fourth position, with the back leg straight and the arms stretched out (not rounded) on the preparation. The women did the entire class on pointe. Balanchine seemed much more tolerant of exaggerations and personal idiosyncrasies than he had been in the 1950s. The extensions and arabesques were very high. The turnout was perfect, and consequently he gave few corrections, but the classes remained as challenging as ever.

Keywords:   ballet, dance class, dancing

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