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What I Learned From Balanchine: Diary of a Choreographerby Gloria Contreras


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Posted 25 June 2009 - 06:23 AM

I just ran across the listing for this book, published late last year, from a dancer and choreographer I've never heard of before. Here's Amazon's description:

In 1957, Gloria Contreras arrived in New York City, where she began studies at the School of American Ballet and became a disciple of George Balanchine. During the next several years, she created her first pieces-El mercado, Huapango, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Vitálitas, and Ocho por radio. She also choreographed for the New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and other professional companies. She went on to found the Gloria Contreras Dance Company, and, upon her return to Mexico in 1970, the Taller Coreográfico de la UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), which she directs to the present day. What I Learned from Balanchine, set from 1958 to 1959, records Contreras's struggle to belong to the world of classical ballet and traces the genesis of her career as Mexico's leading choreographer of neoclassical dance.

A word to Ballet Talk newcomers: ordering the book through the Amazon link at the top of the page helps fund for this discussion board. :wub:

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 07:42 AM

I just ran across the listing for this book, published late last year, from a dancer and choreographer I've never heard of before. Here's Amazon's description:

In 1957, Gloria Contreras arrived in New York City, where she began studies at the School of American Ballet and became a disciple of George Balanchine. During the next several years, she created her first pieces-El mercado, Huapango, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, Vitálitas, and Ocho por radio. She also choreographed for the New York City Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and other professional companies. She went on to found the Gloria Contreras Dance Company, and, upon her return to Mexico in 1970, the Taller Coreográfico de la UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), which she directs to the present day. What I Learned from Balanchine, set from 1958 to 1959, records Contreras's struggle to belong to the world of classical ballet and traces the genesis of her career as Mexico's leading choreographer of neoclassical dance.

A word to Ballet Talk newcomers: ordering the book through the Amazon link at the top of the page helps fund for this discussion board. :wub:


I have such a strong memory of this being reviewed somewhere prominent, but can't find a thing on it. I guess I'm just losing my mind!


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