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.

Along with Founding Trustees Karin von Aroldingen and Barbara Horgan, five additional Trustees, Kay Mazzo Bellas, Stuart H. Coleman, Paul H. Epstein, Carole Divet Harting and Susan Hendl were appointed to serve in shaping policy and practice with regard to the licenses, copyrights, and trademarks of George Balanchine’s works.

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. Whether it is the licensing of ballets for live performances, a media project, or the use of direct quotes or George Balanchine’s name, the Trust seeks to continue and uphold the artistic standards and copyright protection that Mr. Balanchine maintained.

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.