In Balanchine's Classroom


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Oct 17 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:88 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Connie Hochman


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a special premiere of “In Balanchine’s Classroom” on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Professional Ballerina and Sedona resident, Bonny Singer – who was a student of legendary ballet choreographer George Balanchine – will host the special premiere and take us behind-the-scenes of the ballet master.

Ms. Singer was a Professional Ballerina with the NYC Ballet, 1970-1981, the last great decade of George Balanchine. She danced in over 100 ballets – solo and Principal parts – including Apollo with Mikail Baryshnikov. She danced with the Zurich Ballet, Balanchine's European company, and then became Ballet Mistress and Assistant to the Artistic Director for San Francisco Ballet for 11 years where she staged and rehearsed all of the Balanchine ballets.

“In Balanchine’s Classroom” takes us back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius.

Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?

Filled with never-before-seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.