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The George Balanchine Foundation's The Balanchine Essays released for on-line sales

Toward the latter part of his life, Balanchine talked about creating a "dictionary" of his technique, a visual reference for students of the ballet. The George Balanchine Foundation has helped to fulfill his wish by producing The Balanchine Essays. These Essays provide over nine hours of visual discussion of Balanchine's ideas on technique that are not only educational but also protect the high standards Balanchine himself set for his dancers.

Former New York City Ballet principal dancers Merrill Ashley and Suki Schorer are the co-creators of the Essays, in which they demonstrate crucial aspects of Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® and illustrate how the choreographer applied them in his ballets.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that the complete set of ten videos is now available on the George Balanchine Foundation's on line store. Please visit to view the first of the discs. This page will allow you to browse through and purchase each video in the ten part series. The DVDs are also available at The proceeds from these sales will benefit ongoing Foundation projects,

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.