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George Balanchine - Book Review

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by Meiri S (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer, living in Melbourne. I enjoy uncovering hidden in plain sight gems.
Published March 12th 2018
Dancing by Balanchine
Copyright 2018 HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.

Balletomanes, ballet fans and Balanchine American Ballet Company fans, this book is for you. This story explores George Balanchine's journey from the Russian ballet scene through to the pioneering steps he made for the American ballet. It describes in detail how dancers were found and made at the American Ballet Company.

Robert Gottlieb's unique insights into George Balanchine's mind, mannerisms and philosophy shine through. Gottlieb had a long-standing collegial relationship which lasted until after Balanchine 'retired' from the American Ballet Company. The intimacy in which Robert Gottlieb describes George Balanchine makes this book a stand out. He describes George's personal struggles and the relationships he had with many famous ballerinas.

The book is diplomatically written and engaging. It traces the origins of the American Ballet company to Balanchine's death.

I'd highly recommend this book for anyone interested in ballet, choreography, creativity and the American Ballet Company.
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