Dance: It happened here

Photograph: Martha Swope

Lincoln Kirstein once wrote, “Time, as we clock it, is a fiction or device of our measuring.” But measuring the worth of the time George Balanchine spent at 2291 Broadway, beginning in March of 1956, is near impossible. When the School of American Ballet occupied three studios and at least half of the second floor, Balanchine created some of his most spectacular ballets there, including Agon, Square Dance and Stars and Stripes. Visit the building (it’s now a Barnes & Noble) to bask in Mr. B.’s masterpieces—or recall the tiny dancers who once graced the studios: Suzanne Farrell (in her first audition with Balanchine); Gelsey Kirkland, who was enrolled in children’s classes; and ballerinas in the making Merrill Ashley and Patricia McBride. Be sure to play a little Stravinsky on your iPod.

—Gia Kourlas

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