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I enjoyed a day at the New York City Ballet this past week and it’s still on my mind…. it was a transportive experience, particularly the beautiful ballet Serenade, which was the choreographer George Balanchine’s first ballet in America.  I love the harmonious camaraderie of the dancers, the charming imperfections that are worked into the … Continue reading Serenade

I enjoyed a day at the New York City Ballet this past week and it’s still on my mind…. it was a transportive experience, particularly the beautiful ballet Serenade, which was the choreographer George Balanchine’s first ballet in America. I love the harmonious camaraderie of the dancers, the charming imperfections that are worked into the … Continue reading Serenade

“God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it; from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.” George Balanchine

George Balanchine on Creativity

New York City Ballet rehearsal of "Glinkaiana" with George Balanchine and Patricia McBride, choreography by George Balanchine (New York) IMAGE ID: SWOPE_1211175

New York City Ballet rehearsal of "Glinkaiana" with George Balanchine and Patricia McBride, choreography by George Balanchine (New York) IMAGE ID:

Ekaterina Kondaurova in Diamonds from George Balanchine’s Jewels  Photos by Gene Schiavone

Ekaterina Kondaurova in Diamonds from George Balanchine’s Jewels Photos by Gene Schiavone. I love Balanchine

Tiler Peck in George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” NYCB. Photograph by Paul Kolnik. Tiler Peck recently has become the company’s most thrilling and musical ballerina. In Who Cares? (1970), danced to George Gershwin tunes, she proved what it means to dance big, projecting grace — and even sensuality — in her pas de deux with Robert Fairchild. The audience immediately perked up whenever she appeared onstage.

Tiler Peck in George Balanchine’s “Who Cares? Photograph by Paul Kolnik. Tiler Peck recently has become the company’s most thrilling and musical ballerina. In Who Cares?

.New York City Ballet Company costume fitting for "Don Quixote" with George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, choreography by George Balanchine (New York)

New York City Ballet Company costume fitting for "Don Quixote" with George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, choreography by George Balanchine (New York)

Irving Penn Photo ~ George Balanchine & Maria Tallchief ~1947

Balanchine with his third wife, Maria Tallchief, in costume for Le Baiser de la Fée. They were married from Photo: Irving Penn

NEW YORK CITY, 1936 -- Ballerinas stand on a window sill in a rehearsal room at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet.

Dancers pause in the window of their dancing room at the Balanchine school of the American Ballet Theatre in NYC -- LIFE magazine 1936 ~ Alfred Eisenstaedt

Lauren Lovette in George Balanchine's Raymonda Variations (Paul Kolnik, courtesy NYCB)

Lauren Lovette in George Balanchine’s “Raymonda Variation" / Photo by Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet rehearsal of "Swan Lake" with George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, choreography by George Balanchine (New York)

New York City Ballet rehearsal of "Swan Lake" with George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell, choreography by George Balanchine (New York) "It takes 10 years to build a dancer. but you end up with amazing life skills & insight.

Yevgenia Obraztsova in Emeralds, from Jewels © Foteini Christofilopoulou - Ballet, балет, Ballett, Bailarina, Ballerina, Балерина, Ballarina, Dancer, Dance, Danse, Danza, Танцуйте, Dancing, Classical Ballet, Russian Ballet

Evgenia Obraztsova in Emeralds from Balanchine’s Jewels, Bolshoi’s London Season at Royal Opera House July – August Photo by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

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