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NYCB Vol. 8 No. 3 - Rubies

Eddie and Patti dancing Rubies in 1968. Footage is from the film “Man Who Dances: Edward Villella”. You can find the whole thing on YouTube!

P.S. I met them both on Tuesday night and I still haven’t recovered. I have a post about that too.


In the Foundation’s Video Archives, Edward Villella coaches the principals roles in Rubies. He describes the many aspects of the choreography that he found likened the male principal to a jockey, and the female principal to a prized filly. He points out a section where he “gets the filly from the barn,” “walks the filly”, where he “sits in the saddle,” and “races against other jockeys.” Balanchine included lots of prances in the choreography as well as a pas de cheval (literally “step of the horse”) for the ballerina. If you watch closely onstage, you’ll see it right before she goes into a deep penché.

Patricia McBride & Edward Villella. Photo by Martha Swope, 1967.

Patricia and Edward in the section Eddie calls “walking the filly”.

Photo by Fred Fehl, 1967.

Harry Ransom Center

Edward speaks about the about the jockey/filly influences in a Foundation Archive video. Jennifer Kronenberg and Renato Penteado, former Miami City Ballet dancers demonstrate.

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