George Balanchine American Ballet Masterby Davida Kristy
As a boy in tsarist Russia, Gyorgy Balanchivadze never wanted to be a dancer. When his mother enrolled him in the Imperial School of Ballet, he ran away at the first opportunity. Yet he returned to endure years of strict training. Along the way, he discovered the magic and power of music and dance. Gyorgy Balanchivadze became George Balanchine, American Ballet Master and creator of popular dances for Broadway, films, and even the circus. Together with Lincoln Kirstein, Balanchine formed a dance company in New York that defined modern ballet as an American art form. This inspiring biography shows how Balanchine became one of the most creative and influential dance choreographers of the 20th century.
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