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NYCB in London No. 3 - Tea Time

Updated: Mar 14

“Balanchine delighted in informing me of the proper manner of drinking tea, as there was a possibility the company would be hosted at a tea ceremony by the queen. ‘Diaghilev taught me. You know, with silver tongs, take only one lump of sugar, not greedy. And when you stir sugar, only half a swirl. Bzztt. Now, no sound- slurp, slurp- when you drink tea. And never finish tea to the end. Always leave a little in cup’”

— Jacques d’Amboise in “I Was a Dancer” (affiliate link)

(left) Diana Adams (L) Tanny (R)

All photos by Roger Wood, 1952. NYPL

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