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Balanchine the Teacher
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Widely regarded as the foremost choreographer of contemporary ballet, George Balanchine was, and continues to be, an institution and major inspiration in the world of dance.

Balanchine the Teacher is a technical explanation of the stylistic approaches that he taught in New York City between 1940 and 1960, as recorded by two prominent dancers who studied with him at that time. This phenomenal resource replicates moments in the studio with the influential teacher, vividly and meticulously describing his instructions and corrections for twenty-four classes.

These lessons not only introduce Balanchine’s methods for executing steps but also discuss the organization and development of his classes, shedding light on the aesthetics of his unique and celebrated style of movement. This is an indispensable ballet resource and a must-read for dancers, musicians, researchers, and balletomanes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part 1. 20 Balanchine Classes from the 1950s 4 Classes from the 1960s and 1970s Commentary and Corrections
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Introduction to Part 1
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1.1. Suggestions to Teachers
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. 1.2. Teachers
  2. pp. 9-11
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  1. 1.3. Dancing in the Early 1950s
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. 1.4. Components of a Balanchine Class
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. 1.5. Introduction to the Music
  2. pp. 16-19
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  1. 1.6. Terminology
  2. pp. 20-56
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  1. 1.7. How Center Exercises Are Done
  2. pp. 57-63
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  1. 1.8. Corrections That Recur
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. 1.9. Classes from the 1950s
  2. pp. 66-164
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  1. 1.10. Classes from the 1960s
  2. pp. 165-179
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  1. 1.11. Classes from the 1970s: April 1, 1970
  2. pp. 180-190
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  1. 1.12. Music Suggested for Balanchine Classes
  2. pp. 191-224
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  1. Part 2. Balanchine’s Way Basic Principles of Balanchine’s Method Exercises and Steps Pointe Class 1960 Company Class 1978
  2. pp. 225-226
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  1. Introduction to Part 2
  2. pp. 227-227
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  1. 2.1. In the Beginning
  2. pp. 228-229
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  1. 2.2. Balanchine’s Way
  2. pp. 230-243
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  1. 2.3. Basic Principles of Balanchine’s Method
  2. pp. 244-248
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  1. 2.4. The Barre
  2. pp. 249-252
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  1. 2.5. Exercises with Straight Leg Sliding Away from Supporting Leg
  2. pp. 253-258
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  1. 2.6. Exercises Bending the Knee and Lifting the Foot from the Floor
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. 2.7. Rotary Movements
  2. pp. 269-271
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  1. 2.8. Poses
  2. pp. 272-275
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  1. 2.9. Port de Bras
  2. pp. 276-279
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  1. 2.10. Jumping
  2. pp. 280-286
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  1. 2.11. Pointe Work
  2. pp. 287-289
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  1. 2.12. Turning
  2. pp. 290-294
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  1. 2.13. Balanchine Pointe Class, 1960
  2. pp. 295-297
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  1. 2.14. Balanchine Company Class, October 1975
  2. pp. 298-300
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  1. Summary
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 303-303
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