Balanchine Essays: The Barre – Part 1

March 13, 2020 - Comment

Toward the latter part of his life, George Balanchine talked about creating a “dictionary” of his technique, a visual reference for students of the ballet. The Foundation has helped to fulfill his wish by producing The Balanchine Essays. The Essays provide over nine hours of visual discussion of Balanchine’s ideas on technique that are not

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Toward the latter part of his life, George Balanchine talked about creating a “dictionary” of his technique, a visual reference for students of the ballet. The Foundation has helped to fulfill his wish by producing The Balanchine Essays. The Essays provide over nine hours of visual discussion of Balanchine’s ideas on technique that are not only educational but also protect the high standards Balanchine himself set for his dancers. Photo: Merrill Ashley – Suki Schorer (Jeffrey Edwards, Maydelle Fason, Rebecca Metzger) The entire ten-part Balanchine Essays series is being offered by The George Balanchine Foundation. Titles include: Arabesque The Barre – Part 1 The Barre – Part 2 Jumps – Part 1 Jumps – Part 2 Pirouettes & Other Turns Port de Bras & Épaulement Transfer of Weight Pointe Technique & Pas de Bourrée Passé & Attitude http://balanchine.org/balanchine/03/balanchineessays.html The George Balanchine Foundation is a not-for-profit “public charity” exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All proceeds from the sale of these DVD’s are used for Foundation projects.

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Anonymous says:

Invaluable Record of Balanchine Training I am a former ballet dancer and teacher (still), but not Balanchine trained. I did take a few classes from Balanchine-trained teachers, and saw NYCB many times, so I knew there was a difference in how Balanchine dancers were trained, but until I saw this DVD, I had no idea just HOW different and detailed the training was/is. This DVD begins with plies, and goes on to demonstrate tendus, glisses/degages, rond de jambe, pas de cheval, and other basic movements at the barre.(Interestingly, no…

Anonymous says:

Great to have if you want to understand Balanchine’s style. Great to have if you want to understand Balanchine’s style.This is Part 1 in their series on Barre work.Detailed explanation of each step, what it’s for and how to execute it properly aka Balanchine style by Ms Suki Schorer with occasional filler by Ms Merrill Ashley.There were stories about what Balanchine made them do or comments he made in their student days which was interesting.I’m so glad I bought it!

Anonymous says:

good for ballet students Bought for two young enthusiastic ballerinas in training. What better gift for them?

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