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 (băl′ən-chēn′, băl′ən-chēn′), George Originally Georgi Balanchivadze. 1904-1983.
Russian-born American ballet director and choreographer who became artistic director of the New York City Ballet in 1948 and choreographed more than 100 ballets, including Firebird (1949) and Don Quixote (1965).
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(ˈbælənˌtʃiːn; ˌbælənˈtʃiːn)
(Biography) George. 1904–83, US choreographer, born in Russia
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(ˈbæl ənˌtʃin)

George, 1904–83, U.S. choreographer, born in Russia.
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Noun1.Balanchine - United States dancer and choreographer (born in Russia) noted for his abstract and formal works (1904-1983)
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George Balanchine, and the rich body of work he created, might be considered the gold standard for serious ballet students.
George Balanchine might be called the father of American ballet.
George Balanchine (1904-83) earned an international reputation as the greatest classical choreographer of the twentieth century.
From the 1930s to the 1960s, they were a nexus of splendid dancing; of magnificent choreography, by Leonide Massine, George Balanchine, David Lichine, and others; and of fantastic spectacle, including costumes and scenery by such distinguished artists as Matisse and Dali.
Measured against this recent comment, Charles Joseph's latest book, Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention, is a significant contribution to the growing literature on the choreographic contexts of musical compositions.
NEW YORK The New York City Ballet will celebrate the achievements of founder George Balanchine next year in an ambitious season honoring the 100th anniversary of the choreographer's birth.
Balanchine & the Lost Muse: Revolution & the Making of a Choreographer.
It's a Wednesday afternoon in May and NYCB is preparing for the evening's performance of Serenade, one of George Balanchine's most seminal and beloved ballets.
In response to your lively and laudably wide-ranging interchange on the influence of Balanchine today ("Are We Overdosing on Balanchine?" Jan.):
Last May Sarah Kaufman wrote a tirade in The Washington Post entitled, "Maize Room Onstage for More Than One Genius." In it she claimed that "we are cursed with an overload" of Balanchine's works.
Anyone who has heard Francis Mason rhapsodize about seeing Maria Tallchief in Balanchine's Firebird (1949) understands why he devoted his adult life to dance.
Can't remember when Balanchine choreographed the movie On Your Toes?