George Balanchine

1904 - 1983

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George Balanchine (; born Georgiy Melitonovich Balanchivadze; Russian: Георгий Мелитонович Баланчивадзе; Georgian: გიორგი მელიტონის ძე ბალანჩივაძე; January 22, 1904 (O. S. January 9) – April 30, 1983) was an American ballet choreographer of Georgian origin, recognized as one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th-century. Styled as the father of American ballet, he co-founded the New York City Ballet and remained its artistic director for more than 35 years. His choreography is characterized by plotless ballets with minimal costume and décor, performed to classical and neoclassical music.Born in St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Balanchine has received more than 1,508,853 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). George Balanchine is the 20th most popular dancer (down from 18th in 2019), the 409th most popular biography from Russia (down from 320th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Russian Dancer.

George Balanchine is most famous for being the founder of the New York City Ballet.

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Over the past year George Balanchine has had the most page views in the with 182,708 views, followed by Russian (35,302), and French (14,128). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Breton (89.10%), Czech (69.99%), and Belarusian (51.52%)


Among dancers, George Balanchine ranks 20 out of 116Before him are Maya Plisetskaya, Jean-Georges Noverre, Martha Graham, Michel Fokine, Tamara Karsavina, and Galina Ulanova. After him are Serge Lifar, Alicia Alonso, Carlo Blasis, Izumo no Okuni, Bronislava Nijinska, and Olga Khokhlova.

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Among people born in 1904, George Balanchine ranks 51Before him are Otto Robert Frisch, Héctor Castro, Karl Rahner, Nikolai Kuznetsov, John Gielgud, and Gerhard Herzberg. After him are František Plánička, Charles J. Pedersen, Serge Lifar, Donald O. Hebb, Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta, and Moshé Feldenkrais. Among people deceased in 1983, George Balanchine ranks 36Before him are Muddy Waters, Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, Maurice Ronet, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Benigno Aquino Jr., and Georges Auric. After him are Mercè Rodoreda, Alberto Ginastera, Jack Dempsey, Rodolfo Gucci, Pridi Banomyong, and Joan Robinson.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, George Balanchine ranks 409 out of 3,761Before him are Galina Ulanova (1910), Bulat Okudzhava (1924), Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1819), Léon Theremin (1896), Lev Kuleshov (1899), and Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov (1737). After him are Marianne von Werefkin (1860), Yakov Yurovsky (1878), Valentin Ivanov (1934), Semyon Dezhnev (1605), Viktor Belenko (1947), and Vsevolod Pudovkin (1893).

Among DANCERS In Russia

Among dancers born in Russia, George Balanchine ranks 7Before him are Rudolf Nureyev (1938), Anna Pavlova (1881), Maya Plisetskaya (1925), Michel Fokine (1880), Tamara Karsavina (1885), and Galina Ulanova (1910). After him are Alexander Godunov (1949), Agrippina Vaganova (1879), Lev Ivanov (1834), Léonide Massine (1896), Vladimir Vasiliev (1940), and Lydia Lopokova (1892).