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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

(p.16) 1.5 Introduction to the Music
Balanchine the Teacher

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

University Press of Florida

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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