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A style of 20th-century classical ballet exemplified by the works of Balanchine. It draws on the advanced technique of 19th-century Russian Imperial dance but strips it of its detailed narrative and heavy theatrical setting. What is left is the dance itself, sophisticated but sleekly modern, retaining the pointe shoe aesthetic but eschewing the well-upholstered drama and mime of the full-length story ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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