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Balanchine and the Lost MuseRevolution and the Making of a Choreographer$
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Elizabeth Kendall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959341.001.0001

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Balanchine and the Lost Muse

Elizabeth Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the early life of Balanchine. Georgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze was born on January 9, 1904; he had an older sister Tamara and a younger brother Andrei. His parents frequently entertained guests at their home and the Balanchivadze children were always on display. Already veterans of early music lessons, they performed for guests on their instruments. The chapter also describes the family's years living in Finland; their mother's lofty social ambitions for her children; and Georgi's acceptance into Theater School in 1913.

Keywords:   George Balanchine, childhood, family, Theatre School, Finland

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