Lew Christensen (published 1982)
Christensen recalls his experiences working with George Balanchine during the formative period of American ballet in New York City. He tells how be became the first American to dance the role of Apollo in Balanchine's ballet of the same name.
Christensen was born in Salt Lake City in 1908. He received his earliest training from relatives in his talented family. He danced in vaudeville with his brothers and began attending George Balanchine's School of American Ballet in New York. In 1935 Christensen joined Balanchine's company at the Metropolitan Opera House; he went on to originate many principal roles there. In 1936 he began choreographing for Ballet Caravan, a summer touring company. He served as ballet master for the New York City Ballet until 1952, when he became director of the San Francisco Ballet. He was creating new dances there at the time of this 1979 interview.