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List of ballets by George Balanchine

George Balanchine in 1965

This is a list of ballets by George Balanchine (1904–1983), New York City Ballet co-founder and ballet master.




By companyEdit

For Ballets RussesEdit

For Ballet Russe de Monte-CarloEdit

For Les Ballets 1933Edit

For the American BalletEdit

  • Alma Mater (1934)
  • Les Songes (Dreams) (1934)
  • Mozartiana (1934)
  • Serenade (1935)
  • Errante (1935)
  • Reminiscence (1935)
  • Jeu de cartes (variously, Card Game or The Card Party) (1937)
  • Le Baiser de la Fée (originally titled The Fairy's Kiss) (1937)

For BroadwayEdit

  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1936
    • Words without Music: A Surrealist Ballet, a production number for the singing and dancing ensemble
    • Night Flight, a solo for Harriet Hoctor
    • 5 A.M., a number for Josephine Baker and male dancers
  • On Your Toes (1936), music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart; starring Tamara Geva and Ray Bolger
This dramatic ballet served as the climax of this musical production and has subsequently been presented as a stand-alone piece; however, several of the sung numbers in the show featured dance routines as well, notably the title number.
  • Babes in Arms (1937), by Rodgers and Hart
  • I Married an Angel (1938), by Rodgers and Hart; starring Vera Zorina
  • The Boys from Syracuse (1938), by Rodgers and Hart
  • Great Lady (1938), music by Frederick Loewe
  • Keep Off the Grass (1940), a musical revue
  • Louisiana Purchase (1940), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; with William Gaxton and Vera Zorina
  • Cabin in the Sky (1940), music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by John Latouche; starring Ethel Waters and Katherine Dunham, who collaborated with Balanchine on the choreography
  • The Lady Comes Across (1942), by Duke and Latouche; a notable flop
  • Rosalinda (1942), an operetta with music by Johann Strauss
  • The Merry Widow (1943), an operetta with music by Franz Lehár
  • What's Up? (1943), lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe
  • Dream with Music (1944), a musical fantasy starring Vera Zorina
  • Song of Norway (1944), an operetta based on the life and music of Edvard Grieg; Balanchine's most successful Broadway show
  • Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston (1945), another flop
  • The Chocolate Soldier (1947), an operetta with music by Oscar Straus
  • Where's Charley? lyrics and music by Frank Loesser, a long-running show starring Ray Bolger
  • Courtin' Time (1951), music and lyrics by Don Walker and Jack Lawrence
  • House of Flowers (1954), music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen; starring Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, and Juanita Hall; Balanchine's choreography was rearranged by Herbert Ross before the Broadway opening

For HollywoodEdit

  • The Goldwyn Follies (1938), with Vera Zorina and William Dollar as principal dancers
    • "Romeo and Juliet," with ballet dancers as the Capulets and tap dancers as the Montagues
    • "Water Nymph Ballet," in which Zorina rose from the depths of a pool
  • On Your Toes (1939), the film version of the Broadway show, starring Vera Zorina and Eddie Albert
  • I Was an Adventuress (1940), starring Vera Zorina
  • Star Spangled Rhythm (1942), a wartime morale booster for military troops
    • "That Old Black Magic," sung by Johnny Johnston, danced by Vera Zorina
  • Follow the Boys (1944), with Vera Zorina and George Raft

For American Ballet CaravanEdit

For the Ballet del Teatro de ColónEdit

  • Mozart Violin Concerto (1942)

For Ballet TheatreEdit

For Ballet SocietyEdit

  • The Four Temperaments (1946)
  • L'enfant et Les Sortilèges (The Spellbound Child) (1946)[1]
  • Haieff Divertimento (1947)
  • Symphonie Concertante (1947)
  • Orpheus (1948)

For the Paris Opera BalletEdit

For Le Grand Ballet du Marquis de CuevasEdit

  • Pas de Trois Classique (also known as Minkus Pas de Trois) (1948)

For New York City BalletEdit

For New York City OperaEdit


  1. ^ Balanchine had created ballet sequences for Ravel's opera L'enfant et les sortilèges with singers of the Monte Carlo Opera and dancers from the Ballets Russes for the 1925 Monte Carlo premiere; this is not however listed as a Ballets Russes production.

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