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SAB 90 - The Early Days

“On the fourth and top floor of an unprepossessing building which squats on the noisy northeast corner of Manhattan’s Madison Avenue and Fifty-Ninth Street, fifty-off scantily clad young women and a dozen or more young men have been kicking, stretching, turning, jumping, posturing from two to six hours a day for more than a year because (1) they believe the ballet is the highest form of artistic expression, (2) they have supreme faith in their ability to express themselves in this medium.”


—From an unknown publication, found in the “Dance Scrapbook 1935-1936” at New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division




(left) Romana Kryzanowska in attitude derierre

(center) Tanaquil LeClercq, sitting on the bench with her nose scrunched up. Photos by Gjon Mili, 1944. LIFE Magazine.

(right) unknown publication, found in the “Dance Scrapbook 1935-1936” at New York Public Library Jerome Robbins Dance Division

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