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In the Beginning

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032528.003.0015
In the Beginning

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This chapter describes the author's experiences as a student at the School of American Ballet when Balanchine needed dancers to form his company. In order to shape his dancers to perform his choreography in the way he desired, Balanchine started to train them in his style. He gave two-hour classes that were designed to help his dancers achieve “perfection,” as the advanced classes at the Kirov school were called. Balanchine's intention was to speed up our development because he needed an instant company.

Keywords: dancers; ballet; dancing; dance; George Balanchine; American Ballet

Chapter.  519 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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