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Shapes of American Ballet: Teachers and Training before Balanchine

Jessica Zeller


This book illuminates the teaching of ballet in New York City between the opening of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School in 1909 and the founding of George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in 1934. Challenging the widely propagated view that Balanchine was the sole patriarch of American ballet, the bookargues that ballet’s American identity is heterogeneous: derived from European and Russian lineages and shaped by the American context. It rejects the commonly held perspective that American ballet of this period lacked legitimacy or heritage, and it examines three main issues to this end ... More

Keywords: American ballet, ballet pedagogy, Americanization, New York City, capitalism, market economy, Italian ballet, Russian ballet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190296681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190296681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Zeller, author
Assistant Professor of Dance, Texas Christian University

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