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Dean Speer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034386

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034386.001.0001

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Francia Russell

Francia Russell

(p.117) Francia Russell
On Technique

Dean Speer

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the career and teaching philosophy of Francia Russell, who was a soloist with the New York City Ballet and Co-artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB). She is now staging Balanchine ballets all over the world and guest-teaching, including at PNB. Russell defines technique as not just a matter of learning steps, but also about shaping the body, the instrument, creating sculpture with the body, shaping what we call “line.” Technique can only be understood gradually, and a good teacher presents the information in an intelligent sequence, based on experience, that will result in a fine end-product.

Keywords:   New York City, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Co-artistic Director, ballerinas, ballet dancers, ballet teachers, dancing, teaching technique

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