George Balanchine died in 1983, but Elyse Borne worked directly with Balanchine and spent almost four weeks with Alberta Ballet, set-ting two of his pieces, working very quickly like they did in those days in New York. "Her father was pianist to Fred Astaire, so every time you hear piano in a Fred Astaire film, Elyse says, 'That's my dad.' She grew up with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly," says Grand Maitre. "This woman has the influence of unbelievable geniuses to share with our dancers. You have to imagine it's like a student of Monet teaching our dancers to paint."