Course Details

955: The Influence of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo on Broadway and Beyond

July 11-14
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

We will look at how ballet evolved in the United States from the late 1930s to the 1980s. We will see examples of how dancers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1940s enabled the work of choreographers Agnes de Mille, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins. We will see videos of some of the greatest dancers of the 20th century and talk about why they were great, even if they couldn't leap nine feet into the air, stick their legs up to their ears, or spin 20 pirouettes without stopping. If time and schedules permit, we will have guest speakers who can answer your questions.

Class Type: Appreciation

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Kim Kokich

Kim Kokich was a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York, covered dance for NPR from 19862017 and taught ballet at The Washington School of Ballet and the Dance Institute of Washington. Her father, Kazimir Kokich, was a soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and her mother Broadway actress Iva Withers.