The ballerinas who danced for George Balanchine are an exclusive group. Hear from these muses as they discuss their memories of working with the master, and see the iconic roles they made famous performed by some of today's finest dancers.
Dance is transcendent and unique in its ability to communicate and unify beyond words. This year, NDI is shining a spotlight on individuals who have used their voices, and their art, to inspire and effect positive change in the world.
"This time, the cameo performances include the pas de deux from George Balanchine’s “Agon,” danced by Calvin Royal III, of American Ballet Theatre, and Unity Phelan, of New York City Ballet, and “Meditations,” by d’Amboise himself, performed by Joaquin de Luz and Indiana Woodward."
"The lasting success of Robbins' dances can be attributed to what d'Amboise sees as the great humanity behind his work; Robbins presented identifiable and relatable characters onstage. To that end, D'Amboise shared that Robbins would often pair him with his wife, fellow NYCB dancer Carolyn George, to get authentic feeling out of them. Some of Robbins tactics, while effective, were less kind. "He would have the dancers come in and say 'You're not allowed to talk to each other or make eye contact today' in his rehearsal," says d'Amboise, "And then one day he says 'And now you can.'"
Playbill: Go Inside Upper West Side Story: A Celebration of Jerome Robbins With the National Dance Institute
"The National Dance Institute celebrated Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthday with Upper West Side Story: A Celebration of Jerome Robbins May 21. The benefit, hosted by Jacques d’Amboise, honored the prolific choreographer with an evening of music and dance."