George Balanchine's Effect On Ballet

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Describe who George Balanchine was and what his affect on ballet has been since the turn of the twentieth century. All research must be cited properly! George Balanchine George Balanchine was one of the first choreographers in United States. He is known as the founder of American ballet. Balanchine was in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on January 22, 1904. At an early age he was not very in to ballet, but soon adapted from his mother trying to teach his sister. His most likely destination, if he was to not succeed in dancing, would have been to enter the army. When he was about nine, he was accepted into imperial ballet school, where he got two instructor, Pavel Gerdt and Samuil Andrianov. For a while he had to stop dancing due to some unfortunate events…show more content…
But soon he married a dancer, Alexander Danilova. Balanchine began to stage dances for the Cochran Revues in London, and was retained by the Royal Danish Balletin Copenhagen as guest ballet master. In 1933, Lincoln Kristein became interested in ballet and soon had a dream of establishing ballet company in United States. His first goal was to convince Balanchine to come with him to U.S, fairly quickly he agreed and went to U.S. Balanchine had all of it planed out. He thought of teaching the young and influencing the kids into getting interested in ballet style of dancing. He first established a school for the young on January 2, 1934. During 1930,s and 1940,s he worked as a choreographer at musical theater. In 1935, his influence led to a professional company focusing only on ballet, American Ballet. With not enough success, Balanchine decided to take some action and move the company to Hollywood in 1938. He then decided to open a new company called Ballet Society, with the help of Lincol Kristein. This was much more successful then American Ballet. The company’s success led to an invitation to work at New York Music Center for Music and Drama as a resident company.

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