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George Balanchine (Georgy Melitonovich Balanchivadze)

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Biography

St. Petersburg, Russia
George Balanchine was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer with the "Ballets Russes" under Sergei Diaghilev, and became one of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century. He co-founded the School of American Ballet, and started the tradition of seasonal performances of "The Nutcracker" since 1954.

He was born Georgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze on January 22, 1904, into a family of Russian-Georgian heritage, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His father, Meliton Balanchivadze, was a noted Georgian composer. Young Balanchine studied piano with his father from the age of 5. Read more...

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Character: Himself - choreographer

Dancing for Mr. B: Six Balanchine Ballerinas 1989

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