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There are many people involved in the world of fine arts today and one must have extraordinary talent to influence or create an impact in his or her field or art George Balanchine regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer Balanchivadze 1 is one of these choreographic geniuses It was Balanchine that brought the standards of dance up to a level that had never been seen before creating a new audience for ballet George Balanchine was one of the most influential choreographers of dance in ballet history Georgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze was born the second of three children to Meliton Balanchivadze and his wife Marie on January 22 1904 in St Petersburg Russia He received a classical education acting and dance training beginning at the age of 9 from the Imperial Ballet School It was originally thought that young Georgi would become one of the Tsars cadets so it was with the thought that if things didnt work out at the ballet school he could always join the Navy In fact in his first year Georgi was not at all thrilled by what he was learning Eventually the initial homesickness wore off and Georgi thrived in the atmosphere At the age of 17 Balanchine graduated from the imperial ballet school and joined the Soviet State Dance Company now known as the Kirov Balanchivadze 1 It was here that Georgi first began to choreograph This choreography deeply upset his traditionally minded superiors because of its improper use of costumes and his unorthodox dance routine All this discouragement soon ended after Balanchine met Vladmir Dmitriev In 1924 with Dmitrievs help Balanchine Tamara Geva Nicholas Efimov and Alexandra Danilova formed the Soviet State Dancers George Balanchine 1 The group traveled throughout Europe looking for places to perform and eventually settled temporarily in London They experienced great difficulties in London and moved on to Paris While trying their luck there almost out of money and hope they received a call
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