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Heather Watts, Moderator

In conjunction with the vibrant 2018 New York City fall dance season, Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts leads an exploration of ballets being featured this autumn at New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Center’s new “Balanchine Festival.” This Seminar will look at an exciting range of repertory through the lens of music, dance structure, and the context of the time each work was created – as well as how we observe each ballet today. Special focus will be given to examining the iconic roles in each ballet, as danced by their original performers, and by famous latter-day interpreters. Video will be used.

Session 1 Serenade (1935), and Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky ballets”
Session 2 Jewels (1965): How Balanchine’s Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds became the first full length abstract ballet
Session 3 The Revolutionary: Balanchine’s “Black and White Ballets”
Session 4 Jerome Robbins at American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet
Session 5 Contemporary Voices: Michelle Dorrance, Justin Peck, and Alexei Ratmansky
Session 6 Finale: Class Selections

TUESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
OCT 2, 16, 30
NOV 13

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

Heather Watts

HEATHER WATTS joined New York City Ballet in 1970 and was one of the last of the famed Balanchine Ballerinas. Watts worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins at NYCB, and was an acclaimed international ballet star retiring from the stage in 1995. Watts is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine. She has created academic courses on Balanchine’s life and work at Harvard University, was the Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University in 2012. She was an inaugural fellow at the Institute of Ballet, NYU in 2014. Watts received a Doctorate in Fine Arts honoris causa from Hunter College.

Portrait Photo: Inez and Vinoodh
Photo Credit: Everett Collection