The One And Only: The Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo

The One And Only: The Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo

The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

This is the story of one of America s most important ballet companies, founded in 1938 by Sergei J. Denham and Léonide Massine, who choreographed for it Gaîté Parisienne, Seventh Symphony, Saint Francis, and Rouge et Noir. Among other choreographers were George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth Page, Valerie Bettis, and Agnes de Mille, who choreographed Rodeo. Stars included Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin, Alicia Markova, Mia Slavenska, Tamara Toumanova, André Eglevsky, Leon Danelian, Ruthanna Boris, Maria Tallchief, Alicia Alonso, and Igor Youskevitch.

About the Author
Jack Anderson has written extensively on ballet and modern dance for The New York Times, Dance Magazine, and Ballet Review, and is the New York correspondent for The Dancing Times of London. For forty years he was co-editor of Dance Chronicle. His books include Ballet & Modern Dance: A Concise History, The American Dance Festival, The Nutcracker, and Art Without Boundaries. He was first introduced to the Ballet Russe at a performance in his native Milwaukee in 1950.

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