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Pushing the envelope by Anne-Katrin Titze

Pushing the envelope by Anne-Katrin Titze

In Balanchine's Classroom director Connie Hochman on George Balanchine: “Some dancers wanted every minute they could get with him - Suki Schorer, Merrill Ashley, Jacques d’Amboise.” Photo: Ernst Hass

Connie Hochman’s In Balanchine's Classroom features interviews with Merrill Ashley, Gloria Govrin, Suki Schorer, Heather Watts, Jacques d’Amboise, and Edward Villella (“it was like working with Einstein”) on George Balanchine and archival clips of the great choreographer working with and teaching the dancers. This revealing documentary, a must-see for everyone who loves dance, gives us glimpses into the inner sanctum of the man who changed American ballet forever. Balanchine, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, came, via Paris, to the US in 1933 and started the School of American Ballet the next year.

Connie Hochman with Anne-Katrin Titze on meeting George Balanchine as a child: “I felt very comfortable with him, a little in awe because you felt he was running the show.

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