Two she loves
Serenade. "When I was 8 years old, I was the first child at the School of American Ballet. The rest of the class was filled with older dancers he was honing for the company. I am the only one who can say this.
"I sat under a piano after class and watched him create Serenade. In the last movement of the ballet, the ballerina is lifted by three men off into the moonlight, and I thought, 'That's what I'm going to be.'
"I was never that, but I created places for dozens and dozens of dancers to do that."
"We opened that week very nervily with Concerto Barocco" not far from Balanchine's company's own Lincoln Center home.
"It has all the qualities of his - elegance, musicality, perfect description. You see this music. In this one you surely do."
- Ellen Dunkel