The New York City Ballet family mourns the passing of Karin von Aroldingen, the German-born ballerina known for the power and vitality of her dancing, and the knowledge, craft and care with which she passed on the legacy of George Balanchine. Invited by Balanchine to join NYCB in 1962, Karin created leading roles in such landmark Balanchine ballets as "Who Cares?", "Vienna Waltzes", "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" and "Union Jack", among numerous others. After retiring from the stage in 1984, Karin spent many years staging Balanchine's ballets for companies around the world, rejoining NYCB as a Ballet Master in 2004. A cherished friend and colleague to generations of artists, she will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her daughter Margo Arjang and her entire family.

Published by New York Times on Jan. 7, 2018.
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Karin was always a special lady. I was originally taught Serenade by Pat Neary but Karin staged it in Philadelphia.It was so wonderful to retouch it with her.Rest in peace. I'm sure Mr. B is creating more ballets on you.
Marin Boieru
January 3, 2020
Dearest Karin you were an inspiration for all of us. You kept Mr. Balanchine's family alive. We will miss you but, have great comfort that you are having dinner with him once again. Debbie Austin
January 9, 2018
My dear friend Karin:
We were young artists together at the Art Students League. Living in the Village near each other as young women. You were such a creative muse for me and we were such close friends. I have never forgotten that time and I have always been so proud of knowing you and introducing you to Morty. I will always remember.
All my best love to Margo and the family.
Love, Sandy
Alexandra Spingarn
January 9, 2018
Karin you will never be forgotten! A beautiful person, so kind and giving and generous. You are loved by many. I will miss you very much, you always were very dear and kind to me. from"Min Shadow" in Kammermusik. You also always loved Mr. B as we all do, and gave so much to passion to his ballets.
Sincere condolences to your family and loving thoughts.
Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen
Colleen Neary
January 8, 2018
Karin staged Serenade for Louisville Ballet in 1985. As a new professional ballet dancer, I was so in awe of her powerful presence, strength and beauty. As a young dancer in the 70s, I watched her dance, and there was no one like her. I honor and pay great tribute to her...more than words can say. Love to her family.
Kathy Holtgrave
January 8, 2018
My condolences to her family. A wonderful dancer, artist with great generosity toward her fans!
January 8, 2018
Many cherished memories. Truly a great artist.
January 7, 2018
I love you, Karin. Godspeed.

This photo was of us together in Vienna. Karin von Aroldingen was my favorite Dewdrop Fairy in the Nutcracker when I was Marie. There was no one like her. I always was telling her that. I loved working with her later when I was grown up. She was a beautiful spirit and fantastic ballerina.
With my deepest condolences,
Katherine Healy Burrows
January 7, 2018
Karin was so warm and friendly whenever I met her She
was so generous in sharing her profound knowledge of Balanchine and his ballets. I will never forget her in so
many of the Balanchine ballets. She was a great dancer and a very special person. What a loss.
carmek schwartz
January 7, 2018
I first seriously discovered ballet in the 1980s. Ms. von Aroldingen was my most inspirational icon: elegant, passionate, perfect aristocratic technique. What a great loss this is: another keeper of the Balanchine legacy is gone.
Rowann Gilman
January 7, 2018
One of the most memorable dancers I have ever seen in my life. I have never forgotten here extraordinary presence at New York City Ballet.

Susan Meltzer
January 7, 2018
Virginia Brooks
January 7, 2018
You are leaving behind beautiful memories.
Barnett Serchuk
January 7, 2018
Prayers for her family, friends and Ballet.
Mary Frances Self
January 7, 2018
Dear Karin, you won't be forgotten.
January 7, 2018
A wonderful artist, an elegant women and an inspiration. The moment she entered the stage in Vienna Waltzes you would experience the perfume of old Vienna. Aristocratic, gorgeous, poised...magic. Was lucky enough to know her briefly.
Marcus Galante
January 7, 2018
You will be so very much missed, Karin. What a brilliant ballerina and lovely lady. Deepest condolences to your family and many friends.
Anne Merino
January 7, 2018
There are roles that have never been the same since she retired from the stage...Stairway to Paradise in Who Cares and the virtuosic solo variation in Union Jack. She seemed huge and powerful when she danced these roles. I finally had the opportunity to meet her in person and was surprised by how small she was. What a singular talent. I feel lucky that I got to see her perform s many times.
Susan Barbash
January 6, 2018
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