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Mission Statement:

The mission of The George Balanchine Foundation is to utilize the Balanchine legacy to advance the development of dance and its allied arts in the United States and throughout the world on behalf of the dance community at large. This goal is pursued through a broad range of activities and programs, including concentrated research, ballet reconstructions, publications, lectures and videos, and other innovative projects.


The George Balanchine Foundation was incorporated in 1983, five months after the death of Mr. Balanchine, and embarked almost immediately upon the first of its major projects, The Balanchine Essays. In the latter part of his life, Balanchine talked about creating a "dictionary" of his technique, a visual reference for students of ballet. Under the stewardship of Chairman Barbara Horgan the Foundation has fulfilled his wish by producing The Balanchine Essays. The Balanchine Essays, co-created by Merrill Ashley and Suki Schorer, provide over nine hours of visual discussion of Balanchine's interpretations of classical ballet technique that are not only educational but also protect the high standards Balanchine himself set for his dancers.

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The George Balanchine Foundation is a not-for-profit "public charity" exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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