Classes from the 1960s

Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

in Balanchine the Teacher

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032528
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046310 | DOI:
Classes from the 1960s

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This chapter describes two Balanchine classes from the 1960s, covering steps, tempos, and arm movements. Pirouettes were done from a very large fourth position, with the back leg straight and the arms stretched out (not rounded) on the preparation. The women did the entire class on pointe. Balanchine seemed much more tolerant of exaggerations and personal idiosyncrasies than he had been in the 1950s. The extensions and arabesques were very high. The turnout was perfect, and consequently he gave few corrections, but the classes remained as challenging as ever.

Keywords: ballet; dance class; dancing

Chapter.  4014 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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