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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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 1978-2011 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (choreographer - 3 episodes)
- New York City Ballet: Coppelia (1978) ... (choreographer)
 2011 Jewels (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 2007 Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Video) (choreographer)
 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)
 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)
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Other Works:

He choreographed Tchaikovsky's ballet, "Theme and Variaions," with Tudor's choreographed Schoenberg's ballet, "Pillar of Fire," Petipa's choreographed Tchaikovsky's ballet, "Pas De Deux from The Sleeping Beauty," and Agnes De Mille's choreographed Aaron Copland's ballet, "Rodeo," in an American National Ballet Theatre ... See more »

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9 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »
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Trivia:

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 32-35. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Mr. B

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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