Classical Ballet / Choreographer
As one of the greatest geniuses in the history of the arts in the West, George Balanchine (1904-1983) shaped the development of twentieth-century theatrical dance pressed.
Balanchine received his training at the renowned School (now the Vaganova Academy) from the Mariinsky Ballet. There, and later at the Mariinsky Ballet, he was trained in the principles and style of choreographer and artistic director Marius Petipa. This is Balanchine may turn out to be his full artistic heir: he was the only choreographer working in the west to the bottom movement could draw from the rich arsenal of nineteenth-century Romantic ballet. Notably Balanchine\'s brilliant pointe variations and the elegance and aristocratic refinement of his choreographies demonstrate this.
- Dutch National Ballet