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George Balanchine

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine

Profession: Ballet Choreographer


Biography: One of the 20th century's most prolific and famous choreographers. Styled as the father of American ballet, he took the standards and technique from his education at the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement that he had adopted during his tenure as a guest choreographer on Broadway and in Hollywood, creating his signature "neoclassical style".

Born: January 22, 1904
Birthplace: St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: April 30, 1983 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease

Married Life

Historical Events

  • 1933-06-07 George Balanchine and Kurt Weills' ballet chanté "7 Deadly Sins" premieres in Paris
  • 1954-02-02 "The Nutcracker" ballet choreographed by George Balanchine with Maria Tallchief as the Sugar Plum Fairy opens in New York, establishes its popularity in the US

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