How George Balanchine Created New York City Ballet

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"He taught America how to dance, generations after generations after generations -- now only how to dance but how to look at dance, and he taught audiences to how to appreciate classical ballet" Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief at NYC Ballet, explains in this documentary portrait of George Balanchine. "There's no one larger in the history of ballet -- without exaggeration -- than Balanchine." 

The Russian choreographer co-founded NYC Ballet in 1948 and created a stunning range of ballets, from classical Tchaikovsky favorites to modern Stravinsky collaborations. This promotional documentary, directed by Nick Bentgen and produced by Lisa Kjerulff for NYC Ballet, celebrates the company's founding father. It's part of a series covering different aspects of the ballet company, from the costume shop to the perfect pair of ballet slippers, and how to dance a pas de deux

For more films from New York City Ballet, visit http://nycballet.com.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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