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Lew Christensen

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Lew Christensen: Triumph of American dance
Christensen, Lew, 1909-1984 (Interviewee)
Christensen, Willam F. (Willam Farr) (Interviewee)
Christensen, Harold, 1904-1989 (Interviewee)
Asquith, Ruby (Interviewee)
Caccialanza, Gisella, 1914- (Interviewee)
Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 (Interviewee)
Smuin, Michael (Interviewee)
Schaller, Linda (Producer)
Steinberg, Cobbett (Author)
American Ballet Company (Dancer)
Christensen, Lew, 1909-1984 (Dancer)
Christensen, Lew, 1909-1984 (Choreographer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1985
Table of Contents
Documentary on the life of American ballet dancer and choreographer Lew Christensen. Covers his early years in Utah and on the vaudeville circuit with his brothers Willam and Harold, his career as premier danseur with George Balanchine's American Ballet, as choreographer of Americana ballets for American Ballet Caravan, as ballet master for Ballet Society and the New York City Ballet, and as director of the San Francisco Ballet and school. Includes interviews with Christensen himself, his brothers Willam and Harold Christensen, his early partner Ruby Asquith, his wife Gisella Caccialanza, composer Virgil Thomson, and Michael Smuin, present director of the San Francisco Ballet. Includes numerous film clips of Christensen performing and of his ballets.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7846
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-923 (former)
Christensen, Lew, 1909-1984
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: Produced by KQED-TV, San Francisco. Producer/director: Linda Schaller. Writer/researcher: Cobbett Steinberg.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (30 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY857041102-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12161894
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1ffd7650-8043-0135-b3d9-09c6d0794b62
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1909: Creator Born
  • 1984: Creator Died
  • 1985: Created
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Lew Christensen" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1985.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Lew Christensen" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 2, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1985). Lew Christensen Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Lew Christensen