Music: Mazurka for Manhattan

George Balanchine (real name: Georgi Melitonovitch Balanchivadze) can probably lay as good a claim as any artist living to the title of master of arts. He does not paint, but he does just about everything else in topflight form.

In his teens in his native Russia, he was a fine classical dancer. By the time he left Russia in 1924 as a member of the touring "Soviet State Dancers"* and joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in Paris, he was just as good a dancer of character roles. At 20, he became Diaghilev's...

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