The George Balanchine Foundation, established in 1983, works to preserve the legacy of George Balanchine and ensure that his monumental contributions to dance serve as inspiration for further development of the art form. We engage in a broad range of activities and programs that includes archival preservation of coaching sessions, focused research, ballet reconstructions, publications, lectures and educational videos.
A centerpiece of our preservation work is the Video Archives, which currently hold the recordings of 70+ coaching sessions and reconstructions of sixteen dances that had previously been considered lost from six ballets. As an active project since 1995, new coaching sessions are continually being recorded.
The Foundation works alongside the Balanchine Trust, founded in 1987. The Trust is responsible for the handling of performance rights and licensing. For all questions related to licensing, copyrights and trademarks, please contact the Trust at [email protected] or visit www.balanchine.com for further information.
I. Peter Wolff – Chair
Meryl Rosofsky – Vice Chair
Mel Schierman – President
Randall Bourscheidt – Secretary
Caroline Cronson – Treasurer
Nancy R. Reynolds – Director of Research
Joan Davis Baekeland
Leslie Tonner Curtis
Max R. Shulman
Hal J. Witt
Paul Boos – Director of the Video Archives
Lauren King – Administrator
Barbara D. Horgan – Chair Emerita
The George Balanchine Foundation gratefully acknowledges Barbara D. Horgan (founding chair) and the late Paul H. Epstein (founding director) for their roles in establishing the Foundation in 1983 and for their longtime service to the legacy of Mr. Balanchine.
We honor the memory and contributions of esteemed past directors Merrill Brockway, Nancy Lassalle, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Brigitta Lieberson-Wolfe (Vera Zorina), and Karin von Aroldingen.
The Brown Foundation
Nancy S. Furlotti
Barbara D. Horgan
The National Endowment for the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts
The Pettit Foundation
Nancy R. Reynolds
The Jerome Robbins Foundation
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Louisa Stude Sarofim
Meryl Rosofsky and Stuart H. Coleman
Leslie Tonner Curtis
Evelyn Sharp Foundation
Denise Littlefield Sobel
Resa and Heiner Sussner
I. Peter Wolff