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"Goldner provides valuable insights into Balanchine's working relationship with the New York City Ballet and the music, the dancers' challenges, evolution of his style, and legacy."
--Book News Inc.
"This slim, captivating volume, like its 2008 companion, adds up to a wealth of sympathetic criticism, born of a lifetime's experience watching and reflecting on Balanchine's greatest and lesser works. No dance critic possesses a more acute eye for the telling choreographic detail and how it forms part of a grand design. Thanks to Goldner's prose, her musings on even a familiar dance like Symphony in C make you hungry to see the ballet again. For Balanchine newcomers, this and the previous installment should open doors to unspeakable and enduring pleasures."
"Her writing is approachable, engaging and colorful all the while probing deeply into the meaning, structure, and content of the dances... takes the reader on a journey of ups and downs through the solos and massive group ensembles, Balanchine’s greatest works and lesser works, ultimately elucidating Balanchine’s genius as a choreographer.”
--Attitude: The Dancer's Magazine