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Paris-LA – a publication focused on experimentations in arts

For George Balanchine, the American ballet world was a blank slate. Arriving in New York in 1933 at the behest of patron Lincoln Kirstein—co-founder, with Balanchine, of the School of American Ballet (1934) and the New York City Ballet (1948)—the choreographer invented a new dance style, as well as the technique and special vocabulary to perpetuate it. No matter what the dancers brought to Balanchine, with him they started from scratch. And from these rituals a new culture was born. As one of Balanchine's former pupils says in the new documentary IN BALANCHINE'S CLASSROOM—directed by Connie Hochman—“dancing, before Balanchine, was proper

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