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Lincoln Kirstein

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Lincoln Kirstein founded the School of American Ballet in 1934 with George Balanchine, and in 1948 the two men established the New York City Ballet, for which Kirstein served as general director until l989. He wrote more than five hundred books, articles, and monographs on the arts, as well as criticism, poetry, novels, and a number of historical and autobiographical works. He died in 1996.

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The Classic Ballet
Basic Technique and Terminology
Written by Lincoln Kirstein and Muriel Stuart
Preface by George Balanchine


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2004
Price: $25.00

“For soundness, for clarity, for succinctness, this manual of basic ballet is the best there is anywhere.”
—Edwin Denby, The Nation

With a precision unparalleled in any other book of its kind, The Classic Ballet presents a lucid text, and nearly six hundred drawings describe and illustrate in minute detail the proper... Read more >
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