George Balanchine, born on this day in 1904

Any ballet dancer perusing Eisenstaedt’s dance photographs will recognize the shoe fittings, the repetitive warm-ups and the seemingly interminable “waiting around” that marked rehearsals at New York’s School of American Ballet more than 75 years ago.

George Balanchine, born on this day in 1904

“Ballet dancing “is a hard, steady, painstaking job.” Seen through Alfred Eisenstaedt’s lens, it is also a singularly beautiful pursuit. 📷: Alfred Eisenstaedt via Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images


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