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George Balanchine
Born Georgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze
(1904-01-22)January 22, 1904
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died April 30, 1983(1983-04-30) (aged 79)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease
Occupation dancer, choreographer, actor, director
Years active 1929–1983
Spouse(s) Tamara Geva (1921–1926; divorced)
Vera Zorina (1938–1946; divorced)
Maria Tallchief (1946–1952; annulled)
Tanaquil LeClercq (1952–1969; divorced)
Awards full list

In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell… we can't dance synonyms.
George Balanchine
One is born to be a great dancer.
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
God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it – from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.
George Balanchine
Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
George Balanchine
The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.
George Balanchine