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kurtfroman. John Clifford and Sara Leland in “Valse Fantaisie”, 1973 Berlin filmin

John Clifford and Sara Leland in “Valse Fantaisie”, 1973 Berlin filming @john_cliff26 #balanchine #ballet #balletarchive #kurtfroman #nycb #johnclifford #saraleland #merrillashley #glinka

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kurtfroman. An excellent performance by Merrill Ashley in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

An excellent performance by Merrill Ashley in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, 1987, Ft. Worth Ballet #merrillashley #ballet #balanchine #kurtfroman #balletarchive #tchaipas #tchaikovskypasdedeux

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kurtfroman. Merrill Ashley and John Meehan in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, 1987, Ft.

Merrill Ashley and John Meehan in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, 1987, Ft. Worth Ballet #merrillashley #ballet #balanchine #kurtfroman #balletarchive #tchaipas #tchaikovskypasdedeux

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kurtfroman. Merrill Ashley in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, 1984? #merrillashley #bal

Merrill Ashley in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, 1984? #merrillashley #balanchine #tchaikovskypasdedeux #kurtfroman #ballet #balletarchive

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kurtfroman. Merrill Ashley in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, “Gala of Stars” broadcast

Merrill Ashley in “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, “Gala of Stars” broadcast, 1986 #merrillashley #balanchine #tchaikovskypasdedeux #fastfeet #allegro #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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kurtfroman. “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, “Gala of Stars” broadcast, 1986? Merrill As

“Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, “Gala of Stars” broadcast, 1986? Merrill Ashley and Sean Lavery #merrillashley #seanlavery #tchaikovskypasdedeux #balanchine #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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rowlsar. Really great explanation of a Gargouillade, and exactly how I was told

Really great explanation of a Gargouillade, and exactly how I was told to do them. Very, very hard to do properly. @Regrann from @kurtfroman - Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley created a truly remarkable ten-part series called “The Balanchine Essays”. It’s available on Amazon (I think) and is an encyclopedia of good ballet technique. Steps are broken down and explained thoroughly by Suki and Merrill, and choreography is shown from Balanchine ballets incorporating the specific steps. It’s a MUST for teachers and students. Buy it!! There are rotating dancers accompanying Merrill including Rebecca Metzger, Damian Woetzel, Miranda Weese, Elizabeth Walker, Kathleen Tracey, and Jeff Edwards #balanchine #balanchineballet #technique #ballettechnique #pasdechat #squaredance #donizettivariations #merrillashley #sukischorer #kurtfroman #balletarchive #nycb #sab

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kurtfroman. Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley created a truly remarkable ten-part se

Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley created a truly remarkable ten-part series called “The Balanchine Essays”. It’s available on Amazon (I think) and is an encyclopedia of good ballet technique. Steps are broken down and explained thoroughly by Suki and Merrill, and choreography is shown from Balanchine ballets incorporating the specific steps. It’s a MUST for teachers and students. Buy it!! There are rotating dancers accompanying Merrill including Rebecca Metzger, Damian Woetzel, Miranda Weese, Elizabeth Walker, Kathleen Tracey, and Jeff Edwards #balanchine #balanchineballet #technique #ballettechnique #pasdechat #squaredance #donizettivariations #merrillashley #sukischorer #kurtfroman #balletarchive #nycb #sab

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TBT....working with the great Merrill Ashley of New York City Ballet. A great way to begin a career as an Athletic Trainer in the performing arts. #ballet #athletictrainer #dance #dancer @nycballet #merrillashley #balanchineballet #rehab #performingarts #fitness #prehab #strengthtraining #ballerina

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kurtfroman. Merrill Ashley and John Meehan in the Pas de Deux from”Agon”, recorded

Merrill Ashley and John Meehan in the Pas de Deux from”Agon”, recorded at Jacobs Pillow #merrillashley #johnmeehan #balanchine #agon #masterpiece #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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Moments with Merrill ♥️ I feel so incredibly lucky to have been able to work with this Balanchine legend this week. It has been so fun (and much harder than I thought) to work and dance in Balanchine’s style. Merrill’s gems from working and being in the studio with George Balanchine, himself, were so interesting to listen to, and it was a fun challenge to try to incorporate the ideas into my dancing. I’ll be forever grateful for this week! #merrillashley #foreverinspired #newyorkcity

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Here’s a 2006 rehearsal at New York City Ballet for Peter’s Swan Lake. Peter Martins, Sean Lavery, Merrill Ashley and Sara Mearns watch Sofiane Sylve as Odette. #seanlavery #ripseanlavery #nycballet #petermartins #petermartinsswanlake #merrillashley #firstactrunthru #sofianesylve #odette #whiteswan

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Oh what a night! 🌟 ECB Artistic Director Gloria Govrin joins an all star panel of Balanchine Ballerinas at National Dance Institute for an installment of Jacques d'Ambroise's #JacquesArtNest. From left to right: Wendy Whelan Dancer, Allegra Kent, Kay Mazzo, Gloria Govrin, Merrill Ashley and Jacques d'Amboise. The dancers reflected on their time working with Balanchine. The stellar evening was capped by performances from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and National Dance Institute dancers. . . . . @nationaldanceinstitute @wendyw @nycballet @abtofficial #gloriagovrin #allegrakent #kaymazzo #merrillashley #jacquesdambroise #legends #balanchine #celebrate #ballet #mrb #georgebalanchine #dancers #balletlife #loveofballet #balletinspiration #icons

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nationaldanceinstitute. #tbt New York City Ballet's production of the movie version of \"A Mids

#tbt New York City Ballet's production of the movie version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with George Balanchine and Gloria Govrin, choreography by George Balanchine (New York) 1964. ©NYPL Photo by Martha Swope. . . We're thrilled to have #GloriaGovrin as well as #MerrillAshley, #AllegraKent, and #KayMazzo, four brilliant ballerinas who danced for George Balanchine, to take center stage in  #JacquesArtNest on Monday, February 4th! . . . . . #throwbackthursday #balanchine #georgebalanchine #nycb #nycballet #throwback #ballerina #AMidsummerNightsDream #nyc #iconic

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kurtfroman. I AM SPEAKING TONIGHT AT THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET’S NEW BALLET CO

I AM SPEAKING TONIGHT AT THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET’S NEW BALLET CONNOISSEURSHIP PROGRAM. Tonight’s discussion on Ballet History is about NYCB’s gorgeous production of “The Sleeping Beauty”, 1991, choreographed by Peter Martins, Scenic Design by David Mitchell, and Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt. This is a Martha Swope photograph of Merrill Ashley as Carabosse #merrillashley #thesleepingbeauty #carabosse #schoolofamericanballet @sab_nyc #kurtfroman #ballethistory #petipa #balanchine #petermartins #balletarchive

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nationaldanceinstitute. #JacquesArtNest: Balanchine’s Ballerinas is SOLD OUT!
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#JacquesArtNest: Balanchine’s Ballerinas is SOLD OUT! Follow us for behind-the-scenes coverage of this historical event on Monday, February 4th. @isabellaboylston will take over our Instagram for the day! Tune in! #MerrillAshley, #GloriaGovrin, #AllegraKent, and #KayMazzo, four shining stars in a brilliant constellation of ballerinas who danced for George Balanchine, will take center stage in this next installment in Jacques' Art Nest series. Moderated by @wendyw, they will discuss what it was like to work with Mr. B, and will share their memories of the master and their time touched by his genius.  The extraordinary @isabellaboylston, @shyltin, and @tessreichlen, with @jaredanglenyc and @dpulbricht, will perform the iconic roles made famous by our guests of honor. And, of course, no event would be complete without the exuberant dancing children of NDI! . . . . #nationaldanceinstitute #nycballet #wendywhelan #ballet #balanchine #isabellaboylston #JacquesdAmboise #dancelegend #dancers #NYC #children #NYCevent #Balanchine

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You're invited to attend #JacquesArtNest XVIII: Balanchine's Ballerinas on February 4th, 2019 at 6:30pm. #MerrillAshley, #GloriaGovrin, #AllegraKent, and #KayMazzo, four shining stars in a brilliant constellation of ballerinas who danced for George Balanchine, will take center stage in this next installment in Jacques' Art Nest series. Moderated by @wendyw, they will discuss what it was like to work with Mr. B, and will share their memories of the master and their time touched by his genius. The extraordinary @isabellaboylston, @shyltin, and @tessreichlen, with @jaredanglenyc and @dpulbricht, will perform the iconic roles made famous by our guests of honor. And, of course, no event would be complete without the exuberant dancing children of NDI!  Tickets: nationaldance.org . . . . #nationaldanceinstitute #nycballet #wendywhelan #ballet #balanchine #isabellaboylston #JacquesdAmboise #dancelegend #dancers #NYC #children #NYCevent

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john_cliff26. A baby faced Merrill Ashley when she was in the corps of my first ball

A baby faced Merrill Ashley when she was in the corps of my first ballet for NYCB (choreographed when I was 20 but this pic is from a few years later). STRAVINSKY SYMPHONY IN C. @spappajohn13 @caroledharting @tilerpeck @wendyw @kurtfroman @barnettserchuk @stuarthcoleman @barbaravogelstein @sarahjessicaparker @sarahhayofficial @nycballet #nycb #ballet #merrillashley

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john_cliff26. Gelsey Kirkland and Peter Martins in my “STRAVINSKY SYMPHONY in E Flat

Gelsey Kirkland and Peter Martins in my “STRAVINSKY SYMPHONY in E Flat” (God awful title but Balanchine insisted I use the name of the music) which I choreographed for the historic 1st NYCB Stravinsky Festival. Gelsey wasn’t being used too much then (reasons for this are in my soon to be published book) so Mr. B requested I cast her. Peter and I were friends then and he was very easy to work with. Later Merrill Ashley did it (and more to my liking truth be told). In any case it got a real rave by English critic Richard Buckle, and decent NY notices. The symphonic score is immense (about 34 mins) and was the first large scale work by Stravinsky; so it sounds a lot like Rimsky-Korsakov who was Stravinsky’s teacher. It predates all of his famous ballets, but I loved its danceable rhythms and lush orchestrations. If you haven’t heard it you should check it out. Very unusual music for Stravinsky. @jovanifurlan @roman.julian.mejia @balanchine_ballet_ @spappajohn13 @caroledharting @tilerpeck @barnettserchuk @wendyw @barbaravogelstein @stuarthcoleman @michaelseanbreeden @balanchine_ballet_ @victoriabader @sarahjessicaparker #merrillashley #stravinsky #nycb #balanchine #ballet #gelseykirkland #petermartins

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kurtfroman. Merrill Ashley and Joseph Duell in the 1985 revival of “Firebird”, not

Merrill Ashley and Joseph Duell in the 1985 revival of “Firebird”, not sure of the photographer but I think it’s Martha Swope #firebird #merrillashley #josephduell #balanchine #jeromerobbins #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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tothelightness. Merrill Ashley as the Ballerina in Ballo della Regina ph. Martha Swope

Merrill Ashley as the Ballerina in Ballo della Regina ph. Martha Swope #balletvintage #georgebalanchine #merrillashley #doncarlo #giuseppeverdi #newyorkcityballet

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Arthur Elgort iconic portrait series from the late 70’ties/ early 80’ties of New York City ballet’s most wonderful ballerinas - here depicted Ms, Merrill Ashley, one of my absolute favourite dancers of all time and with whom i had the immense pleasure and honour to share moments with in La Sylphide as Madge ( the which) across my James. #thankful #merrillashley #ballerina #iconic #arthurelgort #portrait #honoured #beautiful #love #reflection #summer #idols

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fotoneans. ❤️ #Repost @kurtfroman with @get_repost
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The Sanguinic section from

❤️ #Repost @kurtfroman with @get_repost ・・・ The Sanguinic section from “The Four Temperaments”, 1978 Dance In America recording with Merrill Ashley and Danny Duell @danielduell #fourtemperaments #merrillashley #danielduell #nycb #balanchine #hindemith #kurtfroman #balletarchive

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Merrill Ashley by Irving Penn, 1979 #irvingpenn #merrillashley #1979

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john_cliff26. TBT. Merrill and Peter in my big Stravinsky ballet I did for the NYC B

TBT. Merrill and Peter in my big Stravinsky ballet I did for the NYC Ballet’s 1st historic STRAVINSKY FESTIVAL. Was Merrill’s 1st big principal role and she was replacing Gelsey Kirkland for the 2nd performance. In this role she finally came out of her shell. She had been very shy in the solos Balanchine had previously cast her in. In this ballet she literally exploded showing the fantastic technique she had been slowly developing. The rest is history. Mr. B was VERY pleased with her this night. #nycballet, #balanchine, #petermartins, #merrillashley, #johnclifford #ballet

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New York City Ballet's Ana Sophia Scheller being coached in 2006 by former principal dancers Sean Lavery and Merrill Ashley in Balanchine's The Nutcracker. #ballet #ballerina #behindthescenes #rehearsal #coaching #balanchine #thenutcracker #merrillashley #seanlavery #anasophiascheller #nycb #nycballet #sugarplumbfairyrehearsal #ripseanlavery #pointeshoes

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