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Daemon
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George Balanchine

Balanchine was one of the 20th century's foremost choreographers. His stark ballets emphasized "pure" dance and formed a bridge between classical and modern ballet. Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1933 and became director of ballet for the Metropolitan Opera House and co-founder of the School of American Ballet. He later helped found the company that would become the New York City Ballet and was named its artistic director and principal choreographer. What disease ended Balanchine's life? More...
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After years of illness, Balanchine died on April 30, 1983, in New York City of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, diagnosed only after his death.


Isn't this the human equivalent of mad cow disease? I wonder if there was any cannibalism in his childhood?

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Yes it is the human equivalent of mad cow disease. The more recent outbreak of CJD was attributed to eating infected beef.
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I was more fascinated by the story of Maria Tallchief, one of his wives, than by Balanchine himself.

Just trying to figure out the difference between
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The greatest choreographer of our time, George Balanchine, is responsible for the successful fusion of modern concepts with older ideas of classical ballet.

Balanchine always preferred to call himself a craftsman rather than a creator, comparing himself to a cook or a cabinetmaker (both hobbies of his) and had a reputation throughout the dance world for the calm and collected way in which he worked with his dancers and colleagues.

Balanchine himself wrote:

"We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary accompanying one. I believe that it is one of the great arts. Like the music of great musicians, it can be enjoyed and understood without any verbal introduction or explanation ... The important thing in ballet is that movement itself, as it is sound which is important in a symphony. A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle, not the story is the essential element. The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye — and the audience, in its turn, must train itself to see what is performed upon the stage. It is the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician. If the illusion fails, the ballet fails, no matter how well a program note tells the audience that it has succeeded."

http://www.nycballet.com/Explore/Our-History/George-Balanchine.aspx
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BALLET IN NEWYORK AND HE ALSO WORK IN L.A.
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I can not even imagine the dedication and strenuous capabilities necessary to do ballet at his level.
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