The founder of the neoclassical ballet is considered to be George Balanchine. His work “Apollon Musagète”, known as the first neoclassical ballet production, is famous for its ancient motif, classic-type plotline and a new, refined version of a classic ballet technique.
Balanchine’s works became short on plot with time, making room for crystal-clear forms and soft amalgamation of dance and music. The “neo” in “neoclassical ballet” is expressed through extraordinary speed of dancing, en pointe included, and relatively liberal rules of ballet poses and positions. It spares the dancers in terms of turnout technique, gives them more individual freedom in corpus, arm and leg movements, and allows them to have rather relaxed walks and runs, which is surely atypical for classic ballet.