Magazine article Dance Teacher

Suzanne Farrell B. 1945

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Suzanne Farrell B. 1945

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From 1961 to 1989, Suzanne Farrell mesmerized balletgoers as one of New York City Ballet's most iconic ballerinas and George Balanchine's greatest muse. Known for inspiring some of Balanchine's most revered choreography, Farrell danced in more than 100 works for NYCB. She later became a conservator of Balanchine's repertory as the artistic director of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and a rěpétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust.

Bom Roberta Sue Ficker in Cincinnati, Farrell received her early training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She studied at the School of American Ballet for a year-where her ability to receive a correction once and never have to hear it again was legendary-before Balanchine invited her io join NYCB at 16. She was soon dancing featured toles iu mastei pieces like Serenade (193.5) and Concerto Barocco (1941).

Over the next eight years, Farrell and Balanchine's artistic partnership blossomed. He created the part of Dulcinea in Don Quixote (1965) for her and danced the tide role on opening night as a valentine to Farrell, with whom he was in love. …

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