George Balanchine was chosen as a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1978, the first year the award was granted.
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A Ballet Master is Born
George Balanchine is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
George Balanchine was one of the most prolific, and often considered the most influential, ballet choreographers of the 20th century. Born on this day in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he revolutionized classical ballet by eliminating complex plots and emphasizing movements that expressed music.
Balanchine created more than 400 ballets and founded the New York City Ballet. His artistry and fresh approach helped popularize ballet in the United States. Balanchine worked with thousands of dancers and created more than 400 ballets.