Sasha Anawalt Commentator is associate professor and director of arts journalism programs at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Anawalt also directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, and is the best-selling author of The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company. Anawalt was chief dance critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and LA Weekly and, for nearly a decade, was the voice of Dance Notes at KCRW, National Public Radio. She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, SoHo Weekly News, Montreal Gazette, Dance Magazine, TV Guide, KUSC and MSNBC-online sites.

Victoria Looseleaf Commentator is an award-winning freelance arts journalist who teaches Dance History at USC. In addition, she covers dance locally and around the globe for outlets that include the L.A Times, Dance Magazine, Performances Magazine and KUSC-FM Radio. She also writes the broadcast scripts and program notes for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and interviews many of the visiting musicians.

Colleen Neary Participant is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles Ballet. She was a Soloist with New York City Ballet, Ballet Mistress with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Choreographic Assistant with Zurich Ballet, Principal Guest Artist and Company Teacher with Maurice Béjart Ballet du XXième Siecle, First Ballet Mistress in Charge of Production with the Royal Danish Ballet. Ms. Neary is a Répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust.

Patricia Neary Participant joined New York City Ballet in 1960. In 1962 she was appointed a soloist and performed almost all the ballerina roles in the Balanchine repertoire. Balanchine created two roles for her, in Raymonda Variations (1961) and Jewels (1967). In 1968 she left New York City Ballet, embarking on a career in Europe as ballet mistress, director, and prolific stager of Balanchine ballets. She was ballet mistress of the Berlin Opera Ballet, director of Geneva Ballet and Zurich Ballet, and ballet director of La Scala in Milan. Since 1988 she has worked as a Répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust.

Lewis Segal Commentator was staff Dance Writer at the Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1996 and then Times Dance Critic until 2008. He has also written articles on dance for a number of other publications, and lectured on dance for colleges, universities and television. He is currently a freelance arts writer based in Hollywood and Barcelona.

Kent Stowell and Francia Russell Participants Kent Stowell was Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer of Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1977 to 2005. He was trained in Utah and became a leading artist with San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet and the Munich Ballet. With Francia Russell he was Co-Artistic Director of the Frankfurt Ballet before going to Seattle to build Pacific Northwest Ballet. Francia Russell was Artistic Director and Director of the School of Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1977 to 2005. She was a soloist and ballet master with New York City Ballet and was chosen by George Balanchine to stage his ballets, including the first works in his native Russia and in China. Ms. Russell has staged over 130 productions of Balanchine ballets world-wide.

the balanchine talks schedule

*The Balanchine Talks begin at 6pm prior to all 7:30pm performances, and at 12:30pm prior to all 2pm performances.

The performances of La Sonnambula, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Rubies and La Valse, all Balanchine® Ballets, are presented by arrangement with The Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by the Trust.

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