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"Balanchine the Teacher"


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I just came across this title: Balanchine the Teacher: Fundamentals That Shaped the First Generation of New York City Ballet Dancers (2008). The authors are NYCB stalwarts Una Kai and Barbara Walczak. I don't recall any discussion here of it; has anyone read it? The subtitle is compelling. How does it compare to Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique (2006)?

I'm happy to be directed to an already-existing thread on it (I really did look for one).

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Amazon still has copies of "Balanchine the Teacher."

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I have read the book. Unfortunately it was some time ago, and I am currently traveling, and the book is sitting at home on the shelf :(. But I did enjoy the book. It is a much smaller book than Suki Schorer's, and hence does not go into the same sort of detail on each step, etc. As I remember it, it is more of a personal memoir by these two women writing about what they remember of Balanchine's teaching and technique. Definitely worth reading and/or purchasing, IMO.

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