Francia Russell

Dean Speer

in On Technique

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034386
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046280 | DOI:
Francia Russell

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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

Chapter.  3236 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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