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Watching Dance


Heather Watts, Moderator

Guided by renowned New York City Ballet ballerina-turned-arts educator Heather Watts, this discussion based Seminar will look at dance through many lenses. Each week we will examine ballets, choreographers, and dancers past and present to further our understanding of dance today, delving into movement, music, and historical context, accompanied by Watts’ commentary and personal insights. Included will be important ballets made in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as selected contemporary works and educational materials. Video will be used.

Session 1 Tendus and Ballet Class: How We Prepare to Dance
Session 2 Looking at the Varying Uses and Types of Arabesques in Ballets We Love
Session 3 The Great Tchaikovsky Ballets and Their Relationships to Each Other
Session 4 The Balanchine Military Ballets: Stars and Stripes and Union Jack
Session 5 Virtuoso Female Roles in Dance
Session 6 Finale: Class Selections
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.

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