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A Life of Margot Fonteyn, by Meredith Daneman, $18.00
Meredith Daneman, a novelist and former dancer, reveals the fascinating story of Peggy Hookam, a little girl from suburban England who grew up to become a Dame of the British Empire and the most famous ballerina in the world.  More than ten years of interviews and research, including exclusive access to Fonteyn’s and her mother’s never-before-seen diaries and letters, come together to create this definitive biography.

A Dance of Sisters, by Tracey Porter, $5.99
Twelve-year-old Delia Ferri doesn’t remember her mother, or her family the way it used to be. All she knows is that her sister, Pearl, and her father are fighting more and more. Pearl is withdrawn and angry, so Delia vows not to give her father anything else to worry about.  Delia loses herself to the rigorous world of ballet, and only when it has consumed her completely does she begin to understand how fiercely her sister had to fight for her own truth.  Delia discovers that the bond between two sisters can’t be broken- no matter where the dance of life takes them.

The Ballet Book: Learning and Appreciating the Secrets of Dance, by Nancy Ellison, $29.95
The definitive book for learning and appreciating ballet, The Ballet Book goes behind the scenes to the classes, rehearsals, and performances that have shaped this prestigious ballet company. From insider tips on how- and when- to begin studying dance, to gorgeous images of ballet’s biggest stars in the performances that made them famous, the book explains and illustrates classwork, rehearsal, and choreography to show the immense talent and hard work that makes ballet captivate and inspire. Readers will be treated to an intimate look backstage as the American Ballet Theatre dancers show how to stretch, stand, dance, and perform. At once informational and visually stunning, The Ballet Book is indispensable for every dancer and lover of dance.

The Ballet Book: The Young Performers Guide to Classical Dance, by Deborah Bowes, $14.95
Prepared in conjunction with The National Ballet School, The Ballet Book is the definitive instructional resource for children who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet. The text is illustrated with captivating black and white photographs of students in action, which show in detail positioning, barre and pointework, attitudes, allegros and arabesques. Deborah Bowes also discusses preparing for ballet class and being healthy, tips that young dancers can carry over to other activities in their daily lives. Historical highlights and modern opportunities complete this comprehensive book.The Ballet Book is an inspirational motivator, an exceptional teaching aid, and an ideal companion for students.

The Ballet Companion: A Dancer’s Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet, by Eliza Gaynor Minden, $29.95
The Ballet Companion is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer.  With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today’s dances student needs.

Ballet in America- The Emergence of an American Art, by George Amburg, $24.00
…The growing enthusiasm for ballet in this country had created a substantial new audience and a steadily increasing demand for handy information and permanent reference material.  This book was begun as an attempt to fill that demand, but after preliminary examination it became apparent that the task was considerably wider in scope and infinitely more complex than the original plan suggested. As the data accumulated, the sober reference book grew into the discussion of a new art and a new aesthetic. In order to appreciate the admirable accomplishments of our contemporary ballet, it is necessary to evaluate it, not as the product of circumstances, but as the valid expression of a specific time and a specific country- that is, as an American art. This book, then, is a record of the ballet in America. Its essential purpose is to bring together material that has not been available before; its basic premise is that the ballet has become American.

The Best Book of Ballet, by Angela Wilkes, $6.95
Slip on your ballet shoes and discover the enchantment of this beautiful form of dance. Find out what goes into creating a ballet- from the music, steps, practice, and performances to the scenery, costumes, and props. Learn basic positions and steps, sit in on a dance class, and see what it takes to become a professional dancer. Clear, informative illustrations show you the movements, while full-page scenes capture the excitement of rehearsals and the thrill of an onstage show.  From daily lessons to the big performance, this beautiful book is the perfect introduction to dance for every aspiring ballerina.

Cambridge Companion to Ballet

A Child’s Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance, by Laura Lee, $19.95
Welcome to the magical world of ballet! In this book you’ll experience dance in a whole new way- by listening and learning at the same time.  You’ll read about the history of ballet and its most famous dancers, composers, and choreographers. You’ll find out a little bit about the different ballet steps and positions (and get a chance to try them yourself). And best of all, you’ll read the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, and, as the stories unfold, you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Soon, you will be a ballet expert!

Claire de Lune, by Cassandra Golds, $5.99
Claire-de-Lune lives with her grandmother in the tippy-top of a peculiar old building.  Every day she practices ballet, just like her mother before her- the famous ballerina who died when Clair-de-Lune was just a baby. Since that day, Clair-de-Lune hasn’t uttered a word.  Then one day, the girl who cannot speak meets a remarkable mouse who can.  Bonaventure dreams of founding a dancing school just for mice- but he dreams of helping his new friend, too. Soon the brave little mouse introduces Clair-de-Lune to a hidden world inside and yet somehow past her building- a world that slowly begins to open her heart.  Maybe one day her dreams will come true, too…

Classes in Classical Ballet: A Book for Teachers and Dancers, by Asaf Messerer, $20.00
This new edition of the great Asaf Messerer’s groundbreaking manual of classical ballet brings the master dancer, choreographer, and teacher’s classes and methods to a new generation of ballet teachers, students, and devoted fans. Originated at the famed Bolshoi school, where Messerer taught the classe de perfection (highest professional class), six classes are presented here with careful, complete notation, the positions and steps illustrated by nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers.

The Classical Ballet: Basic Technique and Terminology, by Lincoln Kirstein and Muriel Stuart, $22.95
With a precision unparallelled in any other book of its kind, The Classic Ballet presents a lucid text, and six hundred drawings describe and illustrate in minute detail the proper body position, balance point, movement and attitude of each position and step in the basic classical repertory.

The Complete Guide to Joseph H. Pilates’ Techniques of Physical Conditioning: Applying the Principles of Body Control, by Allan Menezes, founder of the Pilates Institute of Australia, $19.95
The highly effective exercise program created by Joseph H. Pilates almost 80 years ago is enjoying a well-deserved surge in popularity. Many top athletes and performers are practicing Pilates’ techniques- making it the hot exercise trend for both men and women.  The exercises combine key elements of yoga- including stress reduction- and bodywork. They are based upon strengthening the “core” muscles of the abdomen, while increasing flexibility in the legs, arms and smaller supporting muscle groups. Rather than building bulk, the techniques lengthen, define, and sculpt muscles- the reason the program has long been the preferred exercise of dancers.

Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach, by Eric Maisel, PhD, $17.95
As a therapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has worked with thousands of creative people. He knows firsthand the struggles that writers, musicians, artists, dancers, and actors face and has helped them find balance in their lives while pursuing their artistic endeavors. His new book presents a comprehensive approach to the much-misunderstood life of the artist.  Creativity for Life offers practical ideas as well as exercises and inspiration to nurture growth as an artist and as a person…

Dance and its Music in America, 1528-1789, by Kate Van Winkle Keller, $80.00
The core of this book is a state-by-state narrative of dance and dance music in each colony or territory from Maine to California. It presents many new documents in a new way, looking at dance as phenomenon that was both recreational and manipulative, commercial and personal, and pleasurable and painful to those who participated.

Dance Anecdotes: Stories From the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom and Modern Dance, by Mindy Aloff, $26.00
Mindy Aloff, a leading dance critic who has written for The Nation, The New Republic andThe New Yorker, has brought together here a marvelous book of stories by and about dancers - entertaining and informative anecdotes that capture the boundless variety and richness of dance as an art, a tradition, a profession, a pastime, an obsession, a reality, and for the dancer, an ideal.

Dance Writings

The Dancers’ Body Book, by Allegra Kent with James and Constance Camner, $14.00
Here, in The Dancers’ Body Book, the legendary ballerina Allegra Kent discloses the health, weight-watching, and relaxation secrets of some of the world’s greatest ballet dancers- from Suzanne Farrell and Fernando Bujones to Darci Kistler and Madame Alexandra Danilova. Combining them with two well-balanced diets- one to lose weight by and one to live by- and an exercise regimen that can be tailored to the individual, she provides a fabulous fitness program for everyone who longs to be slimmer, healthier, and more energetic.

Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress, by Judith Lynne Hanna, $30.00
Anthropologist Judith Lynne Hanna demonstrates the extraordinary role of dance as a healing art for all kinds of stress. Using examples from many different cultures and throughout history, she explains how dance is exercise plus aesthetic communication. While science shows the mind/body integration and benefits of exercise, Western and non-Western cultures have employed dance to come to terms with life crises, resolve conflict, revitalize the past, and face the future. Hanna reveals how individuals expel spider venom or shake off death or evil by using the power of dance to induce, resist, reduce, and escape stress.

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Drawing on a wealth of history and anthropology, Barbara Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture.  From the earliest orgiastic Near Eastern rites to the medieval practice of Christianity as a “dance religion” and the transgressive freedoms of carnival, she demonstrates that mass festivities have long been central to the Western tradition. In recent centuries, this tradition has been repressed, cruelly and often bloodily. But as Ehrenreich argues in this original, exhilarating, and ultimately optimistic book, the celebratory impulse is too deeply ingrained in human nature ever to be completely extinguished.

Dancing Lives: Five Female Dancers from the Ballet d’Action to Merce Cunningham, by Karen Eliot, $27.00
Working from the premise that dance history can be studied as it has been created in and through the bodies of dancers, Karen Eliot closely examines the lives and careers of fie popular female dancers: Giovanna Baccelli, Adele Dumilatre, Tamara Karsavina, Moira Shearer, and Catherine Kerr. Notable dancers in European ballet, Russian ballet, and American modern dance genres these women represent a historical cross section of performance, training and technique in Western theatrical dance since the eighteenth century.

Dancing the Dark Ballet: A Book of Poetry, by Mark Welch, $12.00
Dancing the Dark Ballet is a darker philosophical look at day-to-day life experiences. This collection of poetry will stir your mind and open your heart to a new way of thinking. Once you pick up this collection of poetry, you won’t be able to put it down. Each page will take you to wonderful places and darkened paths. So welcome to a thought-altering journey in poetry in the Dancing the Dark Ballet.

Dancing Through Life: Lessons Learned On and Off the Dance Floor, by Antoinette Benevento with Edwin Dobb, $23.95
A warm and encouraging self-help book that draws inspiration and motivation from ballroom dancing. Precisely because the dance floor stands apart from the everyday world, allowing dancers to play, experiment, and take on new roles, it also serves as a stage for human behavior. Antoinette Benevento, a former national ballroom champion and co-owner of Fred Astaire Dance Studios, has been a student of that stage for twenty-five years. She has discovered that getting out on the dance floor is a powerful and empowering metaphor for living fully in all realms of life. 

Diet for Dancers: A Complete Guide to Nutrition and Weight Control, by Robin D. Chmelar and Sally S. Fitt, $14.95
To be thin and healthy is a necessity for dancers and for athletes such as gymnasts and skaters. Others may want to achieve the lean and lithe look of a dancer. How to attain and maintain the ideal slender body is the purpose of Diet for Dancers: A Complete Guide to Nutrition and Weight Control, the first diet book based on research with dancers.

Excursion for Miracles: Paul Sansardo, Donya Feuer and Studio for Dance (1955-1964), by Mark Franko, $24.95
Excursion for Miracles is an intimate portrait of the early choreographic careers of Donya Feuer and Paul Sansardo, and the artistic significance of their Studio for Dance in New York City. These two dynamic individuals were committed to breaking set ways of thinking about dance in relation to life, and their work with a group of very young children and dancers such as Pina Bausch anticipated radical cultural thought of the 1960’s, particularly with the unrecognized masterpiece “Laughter after All.”

A Fine Romance: The Magic, The Mayhem, The Musicals, by Darcie Denkert, $45.00
Darcie Denkert’s A Fine Romance is a fascinating, funny, informative, heartbreaking, and sometimes shocking insider’s view of what goes on at the intersection of Hollywood and Broadway- the tempestuous, exciting, and glamorous love-hate-love relationship that has been evolving ever since Hollywood put its own stamp on Broadway musicals, and Broadway decided to adapt from the screen to the stage.

First Position: A Century of Ballet Artists, by Toba Singer, $50.00
The dancers profiled in First Position represent the pinnacle of their art over the last century. Author Toba Singer polled scores of dance critics, dance teachers and professors, and active and retired professional dancers to create a list that represents the best of the various styles of ballet from the last hundred years.  The result is a collective biography that introduces the reader to both dancers with household names and those known mostly to ballet aficionados. Profiled dancers include Carlos Acosta, Alicia Alonso, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Lazaro Carreno, Margot Fonteyn, Carla Fracci, Gelsey Kirkland, Li Cunxin, Muriel Maffre, Natalia Makarova, Arthur Mitchell, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, and Maya Plisetskaya.

History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach, by Gayle Kassing, $64.00
History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach provides an in-depth look at dance from the dawn of time through the 20th century.  Using an investigative approach, this book presents the who, what, when, where, why and how of dance history in relation to other arts and to historical, political, and social events. In so doing, this text provides a number of ways to create, perceive, and respond to the history of dance through integrated arts and technology. This study of environment is supported by national standards in dance, arts education, social studies, and technology education.

In Balanchine’s Company: A Dancer’s Memoir, by Barbara Milberg Fisher, $24.95
During her twelve years with Ballet Society and the New York City Ballet, Barbara Milberg worked under the direction of George Balanchine. She rose from corps de ballet to soloist, danced leading roles in Swan Lake and Illuminations, and performed in celebrated world premieres. In this observant and poignant memoir, she shares her recollections of Balanchine, his craft and his values, and lends insight into surprising aspects of his personality.

In Company of Stars: The Paris Opera Ballet, Photographs by Gerard Uferas
Renowned photographer Gerard Uferas spent a year with The Paris Opera Ballet family, and this book commemorates what he describes as one of the most beautiful moments of his career. With passion and commitment that rival the dancers’ own, Uferas reveals the secrets of a usually cloistered world, documenting the toil, the dedication, and the months of preparation that culminate in moments of breathtaking beauty on stage. By capturing forever the ephemeral art of the dance, the photographer creates an enduring homage to the otherwise fleeting professional lives of the dancers. The result is an art that transcends both dance and photography; a unique partnership that creates its own exquisite choreography.

Inside Ballet Technique: Separating Anatomical Fact from Fiction in the Ballet Class, by Valerie Grieg, $14.95
The more knowledge the dancer- and the dancer’s parents and teachers- has about the body as an instrument of artistic expression, the better the dancer. INSIDE BALLET TECHNIQUE introduces the reader to the natural anatomical laws governing human movement and body mechanics, and relates them directly to the dancer’s acquisition of technique in the daily ballet class. Easy to read, simply and clearly illustrated, INSIDE BALLET TECHNIQUE provides a fresh perspective on the basic tenets of classical ballet, answering many questions that commonly persist in the minds of career-track students and dancers.

In the Wings: Behind the Scenes at the New York City Ballet, by Kyle Froman, $35.00
In the beautifully designed volume, Froman explores the exhilarating, awe-inspiring and physically demanding life of the New York City Ballet dancers. With the unprecedented behind-the-scenes access only a dancer has, his stunning color and black-and-white photographs offer an extraordinary glimpse into a special world that outsiders rarely see.

Life on Land: The Story of Continuum, by Emilie Conrad, $24.95
Emilie Conrad’s approach to movement education, health, and healing is as varied and deeply textured as her life story. In Life on Land, she interweaves the story of her Brooklyn childhood and discovery of dance with the psychic and physical collapse that led to the development of Continuum, her groundbreaking movement and self-realization technique. Poignant and ultimately triumphant, the book melds Conrad’s unique theories of the body-mind frontier with fearless discussions of Jewish heritage, sexuality, female identity, and social pressures.

Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Stories from my Childhood, Compiled and Edited by Joan Borsten and Oleg Vidov, $24.95
“A kind and honest heart will find happiness.” Simple lessons such as this are embodied in each of the tales told in this lushly illustrated collection. World-renowned dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov presents eleven of his favorite Russian and European stories, from the familiar and beloved “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” to “The Golden Rooster,” a classic Russian tale by Alexander Pushkin. Each story is uniquely illustrated with ornate and exotic artwork from the archives of Soyuzmultfilm, the premier Soviet animation studio.

MOVE, by James Houston, $60.00
MOVE brings together over sixty of America’s leading dancers in a dynamic photographic essay created and directed by Australian-born James Houston. Dancers from companies of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, the Parson’s Dance Company, Pilobolus, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre donated their time, as did renowned Principal Dancer Desmond Richardson, Co-Artistic Director, Complexions Contemporary Ballet NY. Houston established the MOVE FOR AIDS project as a way of raising money and much-needed awareness for AIDS charities.

New York City Ballet Workout: Fifty Stretches and Exercises Anyone Can Do for a Strong, Graceful, and Sculpted Body, by Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief, and New York City Ballet, $24.00
New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program that will help you begin to develop lean abs, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, and poise of a dancer. More than three hundred stunning step-by-step and other photographs throughout make this the most beautiful and easy-to-use exercise book ever created.

The New York Public Library Performing Arts Desk Reference, $35.00
For anyone with an interest in the performing arts, this invaluable guide provides instant access to information on an extraordinarily broad range of topics. Here are definitions of common music, dance, and theatre terms; concise biographies of playwrights, composers, and performers; synopses of major plays from Greek theatre to modern drama; lists of major music, dance, and drama awards; and much, much more. Including dozens of detailed charts and line drawings, informative sidebars and special features, and useful sources of further information, this one-stop reference is the perfect resource for students, performers, and anyone else who wants a basic, comprehensive, introduction to the worlds of theatre, music, and dance.

Nijinsky’s Bloomsburg Ballet

Pirouettes and Passions: Growing Up Behind the Curtain, by Mia Nadasi, $18.00
This memoir is for readers interested in ballet and theatre and life of the privileged artists behind the ex-Iron Curtain. It fills a gap about a period and Hungary’s artistic life not much written about in English.

The Real Nureyev: An Intimate Memoir of Ballet’s Greatest Hero, by Carolyn Soutar, $23.95
The Real Nureyev is an intensely personal, under-the-skin depiction of ballet’s greatest hero. Carolyn Soutar worked with Nureyev at the London Coliseum during the 1980’s, and her biography focuses on a six-year period of his life when the career of this once phenomenal dancer, who began to call himself “Old Galoshes” in recognition of his fading powers, was drawing to a close.  From his close friends we learn of Nureyev’s changes from a young man eager to learn, searching for perfection in a body he believed to be flawed, to the knowledgeable and difficult superstar that he would become.

Reworking the Ballet: Counter-Narratives and Alternative Bodies, by Vida L. Midgelow, $29.00
Challenging and unsettling their predecessors, modern choreographers such as Matthew Bourne, Mark Morris and Masaki Iwana have courted controversy and notoriety by reimagining the most canonical of Classical and Romantic ballets.  In this book, Dr. Vida Midgelow examines the ways in which these contemporary reworkings unveil and dismantle the basic assumptions of their texts, reconfiguring ballet to encompass changing attitudes towards gender, sexuality and cultural differences.

Round About the Ballet, by William Cubberly and Joseph Carman, Photgraphs by Roy Round
Anyone who has ever seen a live performance of ballet knows the thrill of seeing larger-than-life figures onstage dancing in ways that seem superhuman. What are these dancers like beyond the footlights? How have they acquired such artistry and technique? What are the joys and difficulties in sustaining their careers? What dreams would they like to fulfill as performers? Round About the Ballet profiles stars of the top New York City ballet companies: American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Selected by Roy Round, one of the world's leading dance photographers, dancers profiled represent the very best in ballet today. They are brought to life through stories of their lives, real-life interviews and the stunning photographs of Roy Round.

San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five, by Janice Ross, $60.00
Long renowned as one of the world’s premiere ballet companies, San Francisco Ballet marks its seventy-fifth anniversary with this stunning portrait of the ballet today. Replete with intimate glimpses of the dancers, choreographers, behind-the-scenes cast and crew, the students and teachers of the prestigious ballet school, loyal supporters, and much more, this breathtaking commemorative edition is both a serious depiction and a celebration of America’s oldest professional ballet company.

The Shape of Love: The Story of “Dancing on My Grave” Continues, by Gelsey Kirkland and Greg Lawrence, $19.95
The Shape of Love is not merely a fascinating ballet journal: it is a story of love and perseverance, about making tough choices, about finding the courage to overcome our greatest fears.  In collaboration with her husband, Gelsey Kirkland writes as beautifully as she dances, and takes us to the very core of the dancer’s experience: we sweat and struggle with her through grueling rehearsals, rejoice in breakthrough moments as she explores each role, and bask in the ineffable glow of audience admiration as applause and flowers rain down at the curtain’s fall.

Soldiers of Beauty, Poems by David Ira Rottenberg, $19.95
Soldiers of Beauty is a sumptuous book. It celebrates ballet in a unique combination of poetry and art that appeals to the mind, the emotions and the senses. The book dances, leaps and sings to all the rhythms, sounds and colors of ballet. Rottenberg writes form the point of view of the dancers, the lovers of dance and the lovers of the dancers. The poetry is funny, sad and beautiful. The artwork is simple, sensitive and vivid. Every page is exciting. Soldiers of Beauty is a book to cherish for yourself and give to your friends.

Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique, by Suki Schorer and Russell Lee, $29.95    
When still a young dancer in the New York City Ballet, Suki Schorer was chosen by George Balanchine to lecture, demonstrate, and teach- he recognized in her that rare dancer who not only performs superbly but can also successfully pass along what she knows to others. In Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique, she commits to paper the fruit of her twenty-four-year collaboration with Balanchine in a close examination of his technique for teachers, scholars, and advanced students of the ballet.  Scherer discusses the crucial work at the barre as well as center work, port de bras, pointework, jumps, partnering, and more. Her recollections of her own tutelage under Balanchine and her brilliant use of scores of his remarks about dancing and dancers lend both authority and intimacy to this extraordinary analysis of Balanchine’s legacy to the future of dance.

Tributes:  Celebrating Fifty Years of New York City Ballet, Preface by Peter Martins Foreword by Mikhail Baryshnikov, $50.00
From its beginning, the sheer beauty and innovation of New York City Ballet resonated far beyond the art of ballet. Masters of every medium were inspired by George Balanchine’s breakthroughs in neoclassical dance, paralleling the arc of modernist thinking form Stravinsky to Picasso. Artists and writers of the postwar era created some of their most stunning and exciting work in response to or in collaboration with New York City Ballet. They became a part of the Ballet’s creative pulse. Tributes showcases this breathtaking pas de deux between dance and her sister arts: Collected here are the exquisite paintings, sets, costumes, photography, sculpture, poetry, and writing New York City Ballet has spawned from the great creative minds of our time.

Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, by Joan Acocella, $18.95
Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene)... Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints is indispensable reading on the making of art- and the courage, perseverance, and, sometimes, dumb luck that it requires.

The World of Ballet, by Judy Tatchell, $9.99
This fascinating guide to the magical world of ballet takes you behind the scenes to see what it’s like to be a dancer and how a ballet company operates. Brilliant photographs of dancers in performance and specially commissioned pictures of professional dancers demonstrating the steps will inspire both would-be ballerinas and those who just want to watch.

The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, by Martin Duberman, $37.50
A rich and revelatory biography of on of the crucial cultural figures of the twentieth-century Lincoln Kirstein’s contributions to the nation’s life, as both an intellectual force and advocate of the arts, were unparalleled.  While still an undergraduate, he started the innovative literary journal Hound and Horn, as well as the modernist Harvard Society for Contemporary Art- forerunner of the Museum of Modern Art.  He brought George Balanchine to the United States, and in service to the great choreographer’s talent persisted, against heavy odds, in creating both the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet.  Among much else, Kirstein helped create Lincoln Center in New York, and the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut; established the pathbreaking Dance Index and the country’s first dance archives; and in some fifteen books proved himself a brilliant critic of art, photography, film and dance.