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meet the director
Connie Hochman was a professional ballet dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet where she performed many of George Balanchine’s masterworks. As a child in the 1960s, Connie trained at the School of American Ballet and danced alongside the New York City Ballet, with Balanchine at the helm. During these years, she witnessed a profound bond between the master and his dancer-disciples, which continued to inspire and fascinate her. Decades later, a desire to understand more led Connie on a mission to solve a mystery: what exactly happened in Balanchine’s classroom, where he developed the dancers and the dancing to serve his choreographic vision? In 2007, Connie began interviewing former Balanchine dancers to explore the phenomenon of his classroom. Their remembrances form the basis of IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM.
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