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George Balanchine

(choreographer; born January 22, 1904, St. Petersburg, Russia; died April 30, 1983) George Balanchine was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. At the age of nine, he was accepted into the ballet division of St. Petersburg's rigorous Imperial Theater School and was soon appearing on the stage of the famed Mariinsky Theater in such ballets as The Sleeping Beauty.

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