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George Balanchine (January 9 (O.S.) = January 22 (N.S.), 1904April 30, 1983) was one of the 20th century's foremost choreographers, and one of the founders of American ballet. His work formed a bridge between classical and modern ballet. January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Julian calendar was introduced in 46 BC by Julius Caesar and took force in 45 BC (709 ab urbe condita). ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The Gregorian calendar is the calendar that is used nearly everywhere in the world. ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... April 30 is the 120th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (121st in leap years), with 245 days remaining, as the last day in April. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker Ballet is the name given to a specific dance form and technique. ...

George Balanchine
George Balanchine

He was born Giorgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the son of famous Georgian composer and public benefactor, one of the founders of Georgian opera, Meliton Balanchivadze (1862-1937). His brother, Andria Balanchivadze (1906-1992), was also a well-known Georgian composer. In 1921 he graduated from the ballet class of the Petrograd St. Mary Theater's School, where his teachers had been Paul Gerdt and his son-in-law, Samuil Andrianov. He also married for the first time in that same year to Tamara Gevergeva, a dancer who would later be known as Tamara Geva, who was, according to all reports of her year of birth (1907) 14 years old at the time of the marriage, which would end in divorce 5 years later in 1926. In 1923 he graduated from the Petrograd Conservatory. In 1921-1924 Balanchine was an artist with the Petrograd Theater of Opera and Ballet. George Balanchine, choreographer This work is copyrighted. ... Saint Petersburg  listen (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and Petrograd (Петрогра́д, 1914–1924), is a city located in Northwestern Russia on the delta of the river Neva at the east end of the Gulf of... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Mariinsky Ballet is the most famous ballet school in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet), located in the Mariinsky Theatre of St. ... Pavel Andreyevich Gerdt, better known as Paul Gerdt (1844-1917), was the foremost male dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre for 50 years. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1923 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The St Petersburg Conservatory is a music school in Saint Petersburg, whose graduates include such giants as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, and George Balanchine. ... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Maryinsky (or Mariinsky) Theatre (or Theater), is the St Petersburg theatre where the Mariinsky Ballet is located. ...


In 1924, he was in a small troupe of ballet dancers that left the Soviet Union for a tour in Western Europe. In London, England, he was seen by Serge Diaghilev and was asked to join the Ballets Russes, initially as a dancer, but later as principal choreographer. A knee injury ended his dancing career. Western Europe is distinguished from Eastern Europe by differences of history and culture rather than by geography. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev (Сергей Павлович Дягилев) (March 19, 1872 – August 19, 1929), often known as Serge, was a Russian ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes from which many famous dancers and choreographers would later arise. ... The ballet company Ballets Russes created a sensation in Western Europe in the early years of the 20th century, due to the great vitality of Russian ballet, as compared with what was current in France at the time. ...


Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996), an arts patron, persuaded Balanchine to come to the United States to form an American ballet company in 1933. Balanchine insisted that first there be a school, and founded the School of American Ballet. A year later, the American Ballet opened and became the resident ballet company at the Metropolitan Opera. Balanchine soon left. Photograph of Lincoln Kirstein taken by George Platt Lynes. ... The School of American Ballet, located in New York City, is the most notable ballet school in the United States. ... A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Josef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ...


He would later marry the following dancers, but none of his marriages produced children:


Vera Zorina (December 1938 - 1946) (divorced) Vera Zorina (born Eva Brigitta Hartwig on January 2, 1917 in Berlin, Germany) was a ballet dancer and choreographer in Europe and the United States. ...


Maria Tallchief (1946 - 1952) (annulment) Maria Tallchief is a famous American ballerina. ...


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In 1946 he founded the Ballet Society, which as the New York City Ballet became resident at City Center. The New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein. ...


His 1954 staging of The Nutcracker is largely responsible for making the ballet a Christmas tradition in the United States. A performance of The Nutcracker The story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was written by E. T. A. Hoffmann. ...


He also worked as a choreographer for musical theater, movies, and television. He had a long personal relationship with dancer Alexandra Danilova. Aleksandra Dionisyevna Danilova (November 20, 1903-July 13, 1997) was a Russian-born prima ballerina who became a United States citizen. ...


In 1983, Balanchine died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, diagnosed only after his death. He first showed symptoms in 1978 when he began losing his balance while dancing. As the disease progressed his equilibrium, eyesight and hearing deteriorated. By 1982 he was incapacitated, and he died the following year at the age of 79. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Medical tests showed no cause but Balanchine would not permit a brain biopsy. The cause of death was determined by autopsy. An autopsy (also known as a post-mortem examination or obduction) is a medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination performed on a corpse after death, to evaluate disease or injury that may be present and to determine the cause and manner of a persons death. ...


In his last years he also suffered from angina and underwent heart bypass surgery. angina tonsillaris see tonsillitis. ... A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or heart bypass is a surgical procedure performed in patients with coronary artery disease (see atherosclerosis) for the relief of angina and possible improved heart muscle function. ...


 
 

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