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George Balanchine

choreographer

George Balanchine, USSR Choreographer.

Background

Balanchine, George was born on January 22, 1904 in Petersburg. Son of the composer, M. Balanchivadze.

Education

Studied at the Petersburg Conservatory.

Career

From 1914-1921 studied at the Mariinskii (now Kirov) Theatrical School in Petrograd. Choreographer from 1923. Emigrated from Russia, 1924.

Worked as a choreographer with Diaghilev until his death in 1929. In 1933 moved to the USA and became the first artistic director of the New York City Ballet, 1948, and a major influence on the development of American ballet after World War II (and American culture in general). Ballets include Firebird (1950) and Don Quixote (1965).

Also choreographed for films and stage musicals.