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Young choreographer steals ballet’s opening night

The New York City Ballet performs the "Garland Dance," Balanchine’s 1981 interpretation of the famous dance from "The Sleeping Beauty," on opening night at SPAC.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
The New York City Ballet performs the "Garland Dance," Balanchine’s 1981 interpretation of the famous dance from "The Sleeping Beauty," on opening night at SPAC.
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Ballet scholars often talk about George Balanchine’s artistic partnership with Igor Stravinsky, but Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was an equally important inspiration to the founder and guiding star of New York City Ballet. The choreographer embraced Tchaikovsky’s music as the engine for the ever-moving patterns of his most classical and musical works. That wonderful partnership was showcased on opening night of the ballet’s annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. On Tuesday night, the resident ...

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