The Company

Tarantella

Tarantella is a light-hearted pas de deux that George Balanchine choreographed for vibrant, athletic dancers.  He takes his cue from Italian street dancers in southern Italy who used to come into the town square with tambourines and dance until they attracted a crowd.  At the end of the dance they passed the tambourine around for coins for the spectators.  This is a dramatized version of the tarantella, and anyone who wants to throw a few coins at the end is welcome to do so.