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The Trust

Balanchine by no means eliminates the past; he continually uses it, but in a manner transformed for the uses and conditions of a shifting present.    – Lincoln Kirstein, Mosaic: Memoirs


The George Balanchine Trust, established in 1987 with the mission of preserving and protecting Balanchine’s creative works, is the center from which the business operations relating to the licensing of George Balanchine’s creative output emanate. At its core, the Trust has the responsibility of disseminating and protecting the integrity and the copyrights of George Balanchine’s work in the present and for the future.


The Founding Trustees were Karin von Aroldingen and Barbara Horgan. Current Trustees are: Kay Mazzo Bellas, Stuart H. Coleman, Carole Divet Harting, Barbara Horgan, and Susan Gluck Pappajohn.


The office of the Trust manages the day to day operations of the mission as set forth by the Trustees, including other creative input from former dancers and current ballet masters. The office is responsible for the business of licensing Mr. Balanchine’s ballets, protecting the Trust's copyrights and trademarks, and continuing to uphold the artistic standards of the Balanchine legacy.


The Trust also organizes the engagement of repetiteurs to teach classes at schools and companies.


All of George Balanchine’s works have been copyrighted and must be licensed for any use. Our website has been created to provide information about all of the works that are currently available for performance or presentation.


We encourage you to explore the universe of George Balanchine and to contact us to discuss how the Trust can serve you.

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