All in the Dances
A Brief Life of George Balanchine
By Terry Teachout
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151010882, 208pp.)
Publication Date: November 2004
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Twenty years after his death, George Balanchine still dominates the world of ballet. Not only have his works been danced by the New York City Ballet continuously since 1948, but they also have been performed by more than two dozen other companies throughout the world. In clear and elegant writing, Terry Teachout brings to life the dramatic story of George Balanchine, a Russian émigré who fell in love with American culture, married four times and kept a mistress on the side, and transformed the art of ballet forever.
TERRY TEACHOUT is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the chief culture critic of Commentary. He played jazz professionally before becoming a full-time writer. His books include All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine, The Skeptic: A Life of H. L. Mencken, and A Terry Teachout Reader. He blogs about the arts at www.terryteachout.com.
PRAISE FOR TERRY TEACHOUT
"Terry Teachout is the kind of tour guide a first-rate biography requires-vivid storytelling by a guide who is both appreciative and independent."-Ken Auletta
PRAISE FOR THE SKEPTIC
"A lively and unvarnished portrayal of a complex and fascinating figure."-The Baltimore Sun