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This photo by Chris Nicholls for the New York City Ballet made my heart leap. So beautiful! (I so love the ballet…) See the full photo here. I imagine her dancing to Tchaikovsky.

A comment from Charlotte, lovely reader:
“More than any other choreographer whoever lived, Balanchine understood that the fascination of ballet was the motion of beautiful women. That was the glorious vision at the heart of the glorious company he created…”

From Whitney:
“I am a former pro ballerina and wanted to tell you that that photo is in costume for a ballet called “Vienna Waltzes”. The music is, I’m sorry to disappoint, not Tchaikovsky but 3 separate composers…Johann Strauss primarily.

Also, the photo looks like the dancer Suzanne Farrell, but as the photographer appears (in his bio photo) relatively young, I don’t think he took this at the time she was dancing (60’s – 80’s). Still, the face is hers I’m pretty sure.

Anyway, lovely blog. :)”

(Thank you!!! I so appreciate your wonderful comments! Tina)

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5 Comments on Dancing in the Light

  1. More than any other choreographer whoever lived, Balanchine understood that the fascination of ballet was the motion of beautiful women. That was the glorious vision at the heart of the glorious company he created. Thanks for this stunning reminder.

  2. Hello. I came across your blog via a sidebar “ad” on “cup of jo”. I love your style and plan to peruse your posts often. I am a former pro ballerina and wanted to tell you that that photo is in costume for a ballet called “Vienna Waltzes”. The music is, I’m sorry to disappoint, not Tchaikovsky but 3 separate composers…Johann Strauss primarily.

    Also, the photo looks like the dancer Suzanne Farrell, but as the photographer appears (in his bio photo) relatively young, I don’t think he took this at the time she was dancing (60’s – 80’s). Still, the face is hers I’m pretty sure.

    Anyway, lovely blog. :)