Balanchine method

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Balanchine method is a commonly used alternative name for Balanchine technique, a ballet performance style[1] invented by George Balanchine (1904-1983) during his long career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Balanchine had talked about documenting his technique but never accomplished this goal.[2] After his death, the George Balanchine Foundation was formed to preserve his technique and choreographic works.

The Balanchine Essays[edit]

Five months after Balanchine's death, The George Balanchine Foundation was formed to preserve his legacy. It embarked almost immediately upon the first of its major projects, The Balanchine Essays. Toward the latter part of his life, Balanchine had talked about documenting his performance technique. Under the stewardship of chairman Barbara Horgan, the foundation fulfilled his wish by producing a series of video recordings demonstrating his technique. The Balanchine Essays (2013), created by Merrill Ashley and Suki Schorer, "provide over nine hours of visual discussion of Balanchine's interpretations of classical ballet technique that are not only educational but also protect the high standards Balanchine himself set for his dancers".[1]


  1. ^ a b The George Balanchine Foundation, website, Retrieved 7 December 2015
  2. ^ Gretchen Ward Warren, Classical Ballet Technique (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1989)