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Books about the School of American Ballet / Balanchine
Resources available in the Music and Dance Library (HBLL 4th floor).
Balanchine Pointework by This book explains in detail the way Balanchine dancers execute pointework. It covers pointe shoes, rising and lowering on pointe, hopping on pointe, pirouettes en dedans (inward) en dehors (outward) from fifth position and fourth position and much more.
Call Number: MD 1788 .S36 B34 1995
Publication Date: 1995
Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique by Suki Schorer has dedicated her life to Mr. B's method of dancing. Balanchine dancers are instantly recognizable, as their technique differs rather significantly from that of other schools. With a teaching style that is her own (she is known for her unrelenting enthusiasm), Schorer translates what she learned from Mr. B for her students and readers of this book. In this technical manual aimed at advanced students and their teachers, Schorer peppers the ballet instruction with stories and anecdotes of her experiences with the great choreographer.
Call Number: MD 1788.S36 1999
Publication Date: 1999-10-19
The Classic Ballet by After debuting in 1952, this volume quickly became a standard in the field. The text and roughly 800 illustrations offer a beginner's guide to basic dance movement and terminology. This also contains a preface by Balanchine.
Call Number: MD 1788 .S78 1977 Quarto-W
Publication Date: 1977
Balanchine - A Biography by "Balanchine emerges a unique compendium of fact, quotation, and interview. . . . Future biographers will have a difficult time matching Taper's compassion, coherence, and class." -- Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner
Call Number: MD 1785 .B35 T36 1996
Publication Date: 1996-11-08
Balanchine method videos
Balanchine Celebration A two-part series tracing the life and career of George Balanchine from his early years as a student at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg to his innovative work at the New York City Ballet. Includes extensive cuts from many of his choreographed works and touches on his collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. Also includes short cuts of interviews with Balanchine.
Call Number: MLL VHS 160 vol.1 and vol.2
Publication Date: 1993
Balanchine Essays by MD 1788 .B34 P65 2012 DVD (Pointe technique and pas de bourrée)
MD 1788 .B34 T73 2012 DVD (Transfer of weight)
MD 1788 .B34 P37 2012 DVD (Passé and attitude)
MD 1788 .B34 P57 2012 DVD (Pirouettes)
MD 1788 .B34 J85 2012 vol.1-2 DVD (Jumps)
MD 1788 .B34 A73 2012 DVD (Arabesque)
MD 1788 .B34 B37 2012 vol.1-2 DVD (The barre)
MD 1788 .B34 P67 2012 DVD (Port de bras and épaulement)
Publication Date: 2012
Balanchine Lives! by Presents Balanchine style of ballet, which is becoming increasingly popular, and what the ballet masters are doing to preserve it.
Call Number: MLL VHS 232
Publication Date: 1997
Choreograpy by Balanchine Presents performances of dances choreographed by Balanchine: Tzigane by Ravel, Andante from Divertimento no. 15 by Mozart, and the Four temperaments by Hindemith, performed by the New York City Ballet.
MD 1785 .B35 C462 2004 DVD:
Chaconne / music by Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Prodigal son : a ballet in three scenes / music by Serge Prokofieff -- Ballo della Regina / music by Giuseppe Verdi -- The steadfast tin soldier / music by George Bizet -- Elégie / music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky -- Tschaikovsky pas de deux / music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky.
Call Number: MD 1785 .B35 C46 1995 DVD
Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas Mary Ellen Moylan, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Merrill Ashley, and Darci Kistler keep alive Balanchine's ballets and the inspiration they learned from him. Balanchine was the single most powerful influence in their lives.
Call Number: MD 1785 .A1 D363 2008 DVD
Publication Date: 2008
The Balanchine Library : Davidsbündlertänze This 1982 release, not available in DVD format, of a sophisticated work that was given its theatre premiere in 1980, showcases the highest possible level of technical accomplishment displayed by the skilled dancers, four couples - Suzanne Farrell/Jacques d'Amboise; Karin von Aroldingen/Adam Lüders; Sara Leland/Ib Andersen; Heather Watts/Peter Martins.
Call Number: VC 6990 (in the Music & Dance VHS collection)
The Balanchine Library : Selections from Jewels This video, taken from the excellent PBS series "Dance in America", highlights two of the later ballets choreographed by the legendary George Balanchine. "Jewels" features some of the New York City Ballet's greatest company of dancers, including the luminous Suzanne Farrell. The ballet is actually comprised of 4 dances, although only three are performed here. "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" demonstrates the magic and genius of Balanchine's choreography as well as brilliant technical virtuosity.
Call Number: MLL VHS 357