Dance: The Joy of Pure Movement

George Balanchine: 1904-1983

His enthusiasms included the paintings of Braque, the writings of Pushkin, the politics of Eisenhower and the comedy of Jack Benny. But there was never any doubt about George Balanchine's greatest love. "I am a dancer," he once said, "body, soul and brain." When he died last week at 79, Balanchine was more than that; he was possibly the greatest choreographer of the century. He brilliantly synthesized ballet's elegant classical heritage with the explosive athletic energy of modern dance and the show-biz...

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