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George Balanchine (1904–1983)


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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Playhouse 90
Playhouse 90 Miscellaneous Crew
(1958)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream Miscellaneous Crew
(1967)
The Goldwyn Follies
The Goldwyn Follies Miscellaneous Crew
(1938)
The Turning Point
The Turning Point Miscellaneous Crew
(1977)

Filmography

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 1978-2011 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (choreographer - 3 episodes)
- Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1986) ... (choreographer)
- New York City Ballet: Coppelia (1978) ... (choreographer)
 2011 Jewels (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 2007 Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Video) (choreographer)
 2006 Ballerina (TV Movie documentary) (choreographer - Diamonds segment, Rubies segment) / (choreographer - Diamonds segment)
 2001 Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (Documentary) (choreographer: ballet "Apollon Musagète")
 2000 George Balanchine's Jewels (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 2000 Great Performances (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- 'Jewels' from the Paris Opera Ballet (2000) ... (choreographer)
 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1993 The Nutcracker (choreographer)
 1984 American Ballet Theatre at the Met (TV Special) (choreographer: "Sylvia")
 1983 He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (Documentary) (choreographer)
 1979 Baryshnikov at the White House (TV Movie) (choreographer: "Harlequinade")
 1977 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series) (choreographer - 2 episodes)
- Choreography by Balanchine: Part 2 (1977) ... (choreographer)
- Choreography by Balanchine: Part 1 (1977) ... (choreographer)
 1977 The Turning Point (choreographer: "Tchaikovskyv Pas de deux")
 1975 McCloud (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- The Man with the Golden Hat (1975) ... (choreographer: 'Variations de Ballet')
 1974 Violon Concerto (Short) (choreographer)
 1974 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- Harlequinade (1974) ... (choreographer)
 1959-1968 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) (choreographer - 4 episodes)
- Man Who Dances: Edward Villella (1968) ... (choreographer)
- Episode #6.2 (1963) ... (choreographer)
- Episode #5.5 (1963) ... (choreographer)
- American Festival (1959) ... (choreographer)
 1967 A Midsummer Night's Dream (choreographer)
 1962 The Flood (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1961 Omnibus (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- A Midwinter Night's Dream (1961) ... (choreographer)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- The Nutcracker (1958) ... (choreographer)
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- The Nutcracker (1957) ... (choreographer)
 1956 NBC Television Opera Theatre (TV Series) (staged by - 1 episode)
- The Magic Flute (1956) ... (staged by)
 1951 La valse (Documentary short) (choreographer)
 1944 Follow the Boys (dance director - uncredited)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm (choreographer for miss zorina)
 1940 I Was an Adventuress (dances staged by)
 1939 We Are Not Alone (coach: ballet, Jane Bryan - uncredited)
 1939 On Your Toes (dance direction)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (ballet: conceived and staged by)
 1929 Dark Red Roses (choreographer: Russian ballet)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Rosalinda. Musical/operetta. Music by Johann Strauss. American Book by John Meehan Jr. and Gottfried Reinhardt. Adapted from the version of "Die Fledermaus" by Max Reinhardt. Lyrics by Paul Kerby. Costume Design by Ladislas Czettel. Lighting Design by Jean Rosenthal. Scenic Design by Oliver Smith. Choreographed by George ... See more »

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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

(To some lackluster dancers in his studio): "Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for-for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now". See more »

Trivia:

Quit dancing in his prime to choreograph. See more »

Trademark:

Lighter costumes, faster movements, plotless ballet pieces. His dancers moved brilliantly.

Nickname:

Mr. B

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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