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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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Introduction to the Music

Introduction to the Music

Chapter:
(p.16) 1.5 Introduction to the Music
Source:
Balanchine the Teacher
Author(s):

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032528.003.0006

This chapter attempts to explain the difference in approach between Balanchine's use of music and the more traditional way of moving musically by considering how Fokine's Prelude from Les Sylphides is danced. In the Prelude, the dancer does not move until she hears the music; in other words, the movement begins with the music and actually ends slightly after the phrase or note so that the dancer almost moves into the next step after the music begins. With Balanchine, the movement almost always begins before the music or note, and actually ends on the note.

Keywords:   ballet, dance, music, George Balanchine, Fokine

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