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Connie Hochman on Exploring an Influential Choreographer’s Teaching Style with “In Balanchine’s Classroom”

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Connie Hochman was a professional ballet dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet where she performed many Balanchine masterworks. In 2007, Connie began a series of interviews with former Balanchine dancers – 90 in all – to explore the phenomenon of Balanchine’s classroom. Their remembrances of his unorthodox methods and transformative teaching form the basis of her directorial debut, “In Balanchine’s Classroom.”

“In Balanchine’s Classroom” opens September 17 at Film Forum in NYC and September 24 at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and additional cities. Find screening info here.

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