Minkus Pas de Trois
Balanchine considered this work essentially a restaging of the pas de trois from Marius Petipa's ballet Paquita. It was originally choreographed in 1948 for two women and a man. Each woman’s variation complements the other; one being light and fast, and the other bravura and solid. The man has two solos. This is a wonderful show piece as it is a strong display of pure classical technique. The original dancers were Rosella Hightower, Marjorie Tallchief (Maria’s sister), and Andre Eglevsky.