Thursday, April 15, 2010

A "Serenade" of Inspiration

 
Imagine this: You want to teach your piece and invite all to come and dance.  It's your first time out as a choreographer.  17 dancers show up.  The next night, only nine show up and the next is even less.   During a rehearsal, a dancer falls and starts to cry.  Another shows up late, expecting to still dance in the piece.  And on top of it all, some of the dancers aren't very good.

Sounds pretty grim, doesn't it?


But you keep going and use what dancers you have.  You even choreograph a girl falling on stage and someone else running in as others are dancing.  You put the dancers who can't dance well in fewer parts and highlight the more talented ones.


The result is one of the most famous and celebrated ballets in American history.


Thank you, George Balanchine, for creating my favorite ballet 76 years ago and for reminding me how to make the absolute best out of anything.





To listen to a clip of Serenade go here.

25 comments:

  1. These images are just so stunning. I absolutely adore every last one of them. Oh...I want to be a ballerina!! :)

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  2. Now that is inspiring. We all have to start small and with the smallest props too, don't we :)

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  3. Beautiful post, Tiffany! I had no idea about the back story. Very interesting.

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  4. Great story on perseverance! You should know that my 3 year old asked us last night if she could take ballet classes and if we can buy her a ballet outfit. It's already starting ... I love it!

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  5. those images are breathtaking. and your article in Glamor is amazing (say "amazing" with a sing-song voice). BTW--we are going to be out in Oakland some time around June 18th for my brother Ben's wedding--I'm CA illiterate. How close will we be to you guys and is meeting somewhere an option?

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  6. Wow. These images are incredible. I tell you I've never heard a success story without starting small in there:)

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  7. Beautiful photos!! Hey, I keep meaning to tell you I think it's awesome you were mentioned on the Glamour website. How cool is that?!

    FourthGradeNothing.com

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  8. I love it, too. Lovely selection of photographs. (You have the cutest blog name...it makes me smile.)

    ciao

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  9. I was on the phone with a friend today and we decided that when I get back to NJ for the summer, we must get to NYC and see a ballet.

    I'm in love with these photographs. Next fall, I'm definitely taking a class.

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  10. These images are absolutely beautiful & breathtaking! Definitely inspiring - makes me want to go buy tickets to a bunch of ballets & secretly dream of leaping in the air with them lol

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  11. What a story! I just got goosebumps. Talk about making the most of things. What beautiful images. You just made my Friday morning : )
    xo katie

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  12. I love the pictures but you are being so cryptic, Tiffany, and I totally fear to embarass myself. It looks like Swan Lake to me, but (I even checked on Wiki) G. Balantine choreographed 3 ballets in 1934: Alma Mater, Les Songes & Mozartiana. Which one is it? - But wait! 1935: Serenade!! Got it! xx

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  13. How inspiring :)
    I just got back and have been catching up on your old posts...LOVE the post where you posed the question: what are you meant to do? I've been thinking about this a lot, and that post was just what I needed :)

    Ohh, and I saw this picture and thought of you!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna-kristina/3750508876/

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  14. fab post! i love ballett x

    Missy
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    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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  15. I love it! Ballet is so expressive and eloquent, I wish I could dance like that!

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  16. Your pictures always make me wish I could dance. The girls look so effortless and peaceful!

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  17. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it, sometimes it's hard to remember that success is, more often than not, hard won.

    P.S.: I'm glad you liked the video of the dancing little boy :)
    I'm so envious that you get to dance with and teach little kids, that's practically my dream job!

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  18. man, good visual story telling...you had me totally roped it haha!

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  19. this was the first ballet that i danced in when i joined my company...a girl had got injured and they hired me to fill her spot. so it has a special place in my heart.

    I didnt know the history of it! Its so interesting!

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  20. I am COMPLETELY in love with these photos! and beautiful storie.

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  21. What a beautiful story - and a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing, I'm now desperate to see Serenade!

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