7. George Balanchine

Russian born George Balanchine 1904 – 1983 was one of the 20th century's most prolific and famous choreographers.  Styled as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its ballet master for more than 35 years.

After great success in Europe he was responsible for bringing ballet to the United States, founding the School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet. His abstract ballets were revolutionary for his time. He did not create story ballets with lead characters. Instead, he used all of the corps ballet dancers in his works often with minimal costumes to highlight the skill and technique of the dancers.

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