The choreographer George Balanchine died at the age of 79. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Influential twentieth-century dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. He was one of the founders of both the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet.
He was married and divorced several times. All of his marriages — to Opera Ginny, Alexandra Danilova, Tamara Geva, Vera Zorina, Maria Tallchief, and Tanaquil LeClercq — were to fellow dancers.
“The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.” (George Balanchine)
“Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.” (George Balanchine)
“In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better.” (George Balanchine)
“In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell… we can’t dance synonyms.” (George Balanchine)
“One is born to be a great dancer.” (George Balanchine)