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Victoria Simon was one of the first dancers selected by George Balanchine to re-stage his ballets. In 1965, recognizing her talent for learning roles quickly, Balanchine asked her to stage The Nutcracker in Cologne, Germany.
Now, as Ballet Mistress for the George Balanchine Trust, she has staged over 25 Balanchine ballets for more than 80 companies on every continent in the world. Her love for the ballets and respect for the choreography are evident in her stagings. With her eye for detail and emphasis on musicality, Simon is one of the most sought after and respected re-creators of George Balanchine’s masterpieces.
Simon began her study of ballet in New York City at the School of American Ballet and was a Candy Cane in Balanchine’s original production of The Nutcracker. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet at the age of 17, and a few months later, she was invited to join the company. She went on to become a soloist before taking on the role as Balanchine’s representative around the world.
In 1981, she began to choreograph her own ballets and created works for Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, Des Moines Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre and a workshop at the School of American Ballet. She is also in great demand as a teacher of the Balanchine style and technique.