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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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Components of a Balanchine Class

Components of a Balanchine Class

(p.15) 1.4 Components of a Balanchine Class
Balanchine the Teacher

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the components of a Balanchine class. Balanchine's classes are the exploration of specific elements, allowing his dancers to experience exactly how each step is to be done. His classes take you back to the beginning of how a tendu or a relevé should be done, how it will feel and look, and how it should be approached, done slowly or quickly. How do we begin or execute a step so that the audience will be led to perceive the movement as Balanchine designed it to be seen? His classes were explorations in the coloring and texture of the most basic movements in ballet.

Keywords:   dance class, ballet, George Balanchine

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