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George Balanchine on creativity

“God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it; from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.” George Balanchine

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Suzanne Farrell, George Balanchine

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George Balanchine, born Giorgi Balanchivadze in Russia (1904-1983), was one of the 20th century's most famous choreographers, a developer of ballet in the United States and the co-founder and balletmaster of New York City Ballet. He was a choreographer known for his musicality; he expressed music with dance and worked extensively with Igor Stravinsky. 39 of his more than 400 ballets were choreographed to music by Stravinsky. At nine he was accepted into the Imperial Ballet School.

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"How to Have a Shorter, Less Painful Birth, All Naturally" Prenatal Guide

Beautiful photos - a time when even the ballerinas seemed to enjoy a little more weight in their carriage :)

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George Balanchine, New York City Ballet, 1960s

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Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for? For another time? There are no other times. There is only right no. ~George Balanchine

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ballet, dance, music, quotes, saying, george balanchine

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