Licensing the Ballets
The Four Temperaments. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Paul Kolnik
When requesting to license a ballet from The George Balanchine Trust, please send the following at least six months before the performance date:
A written request, including the name of the ballet you are interested in licensing (if known), performance dates and proposed length of license, venue information and ticket prices, proposed rehearsal period, and number of male and female dancers in the company.
A downloadable video link showing your company in a recent performance. The most helpful and advantageous recordings are those which show the full company and exhibit the dancers’ technique, agility, and speed. Footage should include women en pointe and men dancing, as well as partnering.
Note: If you are not certain about the ballet you would like to request, our office will be in direct contact with you once the submitted materials are reviewed.
The license fees and royalties are based on the organizational structure and budget of each company, school, university or presenter.
All licensed ballets require a Balanchine Trust-approved repetiteur to stage the work in rehearsals and get the work on stage for the premiere. Repetiteurs are contracted separately from the Trust's license.
Please note that there are approximately 75 Balanchine ballets that are currently active. Others have been reconstructed and may be staged with the assistance of the restorers. Still, others are rarely performed but are capable of being staged.