Although seemingly inspired by two of the three principal characters in Coppélia, this dance’s setting, story, and choreography differ from those in the famous ballet. It is not clear whether the pas de deux to music from Coppélia referred to by Tanaquil Le Clercq in 266 is the same ballet as this one. (In citing Nicholas Magallanes as her partner, Le Clercq may have misremembered.) It is also possible that Balanchine created three television ballets to selections from Delibes’ Coppélia score.
In the late 1940s or early 1950s, Balanchine choreographed a pas de deux for Tanaquil Le Clercq and Nicholas Magallanes, telecast by CBC Television, Montreal. The ballet had elements of the Coppélia story.