George Balanchine (1904–1983)


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George Balanchine was a Georgian-American ballet dancer and one of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century. Regarded as the founder of American ballet, he established and led the New York City Ballet for more than three decades. Balanchine was born Georgy Melitonovich Balanchivadze, the son of Meliton Balanchivadze, a noted Georgian ... See full bio »

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Playhouse 90 Additional Crew
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The Goldwyn Follies Additional Crew
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  Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series) (choreographer - 2 episodes, 1978 - 1986) (choreography by - 1 episode, 2011)
- 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)
 2005 George Balanchine's Jewels (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 2005 Great Performances (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- 'Jewels' from the Paris Opera Ballet (2005) ... (choreographer)
 2001 Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (Documentary) (choreographer: ballet "Apollon Musagète")
 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1993 The Nutcracker (choreographer)
 1986 Commedia dell'arte (TV Movie) (choreography - segment "Le Bourgeois gentilhomme")
 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")
 1977 The Lively Arts (TV Series documentary) (choreography - 1 episode)
- In Performance: A Ballet Triple Bill (1977) ... (choreography: Symphony in C)
 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 - 5 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)
 1962 Festival (TV Series) (choreography - 1 episode)
- Stravinsky at 80 (1962) ... (choreography)
 1961 Omnibus (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- A Midwinter Night's Dream (1961) ... (choreographer)
 1960 L'heure du concert (TV Series) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- Agon (1960) ... (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)
 1957 Salzburg Stories (choreographer: Divertimento)
 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 director)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (ballet: conceived and staged by)
 1929 Dark Red Roses (choreographer: Russian ballet)
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Other Works:

He choreographed Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical, "On Your Toes," at the Palace Theatre in London, England with Natalia Makarova, Tim Flavin, Honor Blackman, John Bennett, and Siobhan McCarthy in the cast. George Abbott was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

9 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Spouse:

Tanaquil Le Clerq  (divorced) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance. See more »

Trivia:

As a child, both he and his sister auditioned for the St. Petersburg's rigorous Imperial Theater School. His sister didn't make it, but he did. He was one of the few boys. See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Mr. B See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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