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George Balanchine
dancer, choreographer

George Balanchine

  • January 22, 1904 Saint Petersburg, Russia - April 30, 1983 New York


Born in St. Petersburg, in 1904, George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. He came to the United States in late 1933, at the age of 29, accepting the invitation of the young American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-96), whose great passions included the dream of creating a ballet company in America. At Balanchine's behest, Kirstein was also prepared to support the formation of an American academy of ballet that would eventually rival the long-established schools of Europe.

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