The Waves

What Ballet’s Best Choreographer Destroyed

Ballet’s most famous choreographer left an amazing legacy–and many hurt women in his wake.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor Rebecca Onion is joined by Erika Lentz, host of the podcast The Turning to discuss the impact of ballet culture and the legacy of George Balanchine on dancers of all levels.

In Slate Plus, how ballerinas and nuns have more in common than you think.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth and Tori Dominguez with editorial oversight by Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.

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