Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

Watch “Passage For Two”

“Passage for Two” is the fourth movement in NY Export: Opus Jazz, featuring the choreography of Jerome Robbins and music by Robert Prince. This excerpt was shot in June 2007 before the opening of the new High Line park in New York City, when the former elevated railway was overgrown with wild weeds and grass. […]

Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz

Image Gallery

Get an early look at the production of Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz with these production stills and behind the scenes images.

About the Film

In 1958, Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz, became a smash hit when it was broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured around the world. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince and abstract urban backdrops by Ben Shahn, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through […]

The 1915 World’s Fair in San Francisco

The San Francisco Ballet is a cultural institution today, but the city has an illustrious artistic heritage. Among San Francisco’s great achievements is the 1915 World’s Fair, which brought 18 million visitors to the city by the bay. Watch a short documentary about the momentous event.

Production Credits

Television Credits Dance in America SAN FRANCISCO BALLET NUTCRACKER Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: ©Helgi Tomasson Scenic Design:  Michael Yeargan Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz Lighting Design:  James F. Ingalls Projection Design:  Wendall K. Harrington Conductor: Martin West Closing credit crawl: Director  (CARD) MATTHEW DIAMOND Producer  (CARD) JUDY FLANNERY Host (CARD) KRISTI YAMAGUCHI Lighting Director ALAN […]

Organizers for Students

The following links will pop up a new window. Each new window will contain a Student Organizer or Activity sheet for you to print out. A Day in the Life Viewing Guide Project Guidelines


Overview: NUREYEV: THE RUSSIAN YEARS tells the story of Rudolf Nureyev, the world-famous ballet dancer who defected from the former Soviet Union to France in 1961. The film documents Nureyev’s humble beginnings, his late start as a dancer, and his relentless quest to become the best and most famous ballet dancer in the world. It […]

Procedures for Teachers

INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITIES: Time Allotment: one to two class periods 1. Many students may not know the history of the Cold War or understand the communist system of government. To create a stronger understanding of both, ask the students to close their eyes and imagine as you read the A Day in the Life handout aloud. […]

The Nutcracker from the Royal Ballet

Production Credits

Web Credits Producer: Anu Krishnan Art Director: Sabina Daley Designer & Flash Programmer: Karen Mattson Graphic Art: Karen Mattson, Ruiyan Xu Technical Director: Brian Lee PHP Scripting: Ben Chappel Production Assistant: Kenny Li Copy Editor: Leslie Kriesel Lesson Plans: Developed and created by Bay Breeze Educational Resources ( Bay Breeze provides engaging K-12 technology-based curriculum […]

The Nutcracker from the Royal Ballet


Act I As conceived by Peter Wright, after the original book by Lev Ivanov. Herr Drosselmeyer (Anthony Dowell), a mysterious magician and creator of mechanical toys and clocks, was once employed at the royal palace, where he invented a trap that killed off half the mouse population. In revenge, the wicked Mouse Queen cast a […]