Watch star ballerina “Tanny” (Tanaquil Le Clercq) in action in these five fantastic gifs showing off her technique and flair. All footage is from performances she gave with the New York City Ballet. 1. Spotting turns in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. When a dancer rotates her body in a turn, she’ll usually keep her head […]
American Masters – Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun shows Le Clercq (Tanny) performing with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet in some of his most memorable ballets, including The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C, La Valse and Western Symphony, and in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun. We also see Tanny and Jacques […]
Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929–2000) was a star ballerina with the New York City Ballet who greatly influenced choreographers George Balanchine (her husband) and Jerome Robbins (her friend). Filmmaker Nancy Buirski spotlights Le Clercq’s ballet career, influence on dance, and her struggle with polio, which paralyzed her at the height of her fame.
In 2003, The Joffrey Ballet was featured in director Robert Altman’s film The Company. The company benefited from the film financially, and their contribution on the big screen helped expose their work to a much larger audience.
He was a master of the Broadway musical and one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced.