Licensing the Ballets

The George Balanchine Trust - The Four Temperaments
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 (per performance, or a multi-year period);  venue information and ticket prices, proposed rehearsal period, and number of male and female dancers in the company.
  • A DVD of your company in a recent performance (if this is your first request to the Trust).  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, the Trust 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 approved repetiteur to stage the work in rehearsals and get the work on stage for the premiere.  Repetiteurs are contracted separately from the Trust 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.

Please click here to send information via email.

Please send DVDs to:

The George Balanchine Trust
20 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023