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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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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

(p.228) 2.1 In the Beginning
Balanchine the Teacher

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the author's experiences as a student at the School of American Ballet when Balanchine needed dancers to form his company. In order to shape his dancers to perform his choreography in the way he desired, Balanchine started to train them in his style. He gave two-hour classes that were designed to help his dancers achieve “perfection,” as the advanced classes at the Kirov school were called. Balanchine's intention was to speed up our development because he needed an instant company.

Keywords:   dancers, ballet, dancing, dance, George Balanchine, American Ballet

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