Ballet Events in History



1997 Death - Alexandra Danilova, ballet great

1996 Death - Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72

1996 Death - Ian Spurling, ballet designer, dies at 59

1996 Death - Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master, dies at 89

1996 Death - Lincoln Kirstein, ballet administrator, dies at 88

1995 Death - Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer, dies at 77

1995 Death - Henning Kronstam, ballet dancer, performed over 120 roles with Royal Danish Ballet for over 20 years, dies at 60 of a pulmonary embolism

1995 Death - Carel Birnie, ballet producer, dies at 69

1994 Death - Michael [George] Somes, English dancer (Royal Ballet), dies at 77

1993 Death - Michel Renault, French ballet dancer (Giselle), dies

1993 Death - Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54

1992 Event - Ballet dancer Peter Martins charged with beating his wife

1992 Event - New York City Ballet star Peter Martins, arrested for beating his wife

1992 Death - Kelvin Coe, Australian ballerina (A'sch Ballet/Bolshoi Ballet), dies

1991 Death - Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71

1988 Event - Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet

1987 Death - Antony Tudor, dancer and choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78

1987 Death - Nora Kaye, U.S. ballet dancer, dies at 67

1981 Event - Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition

1979 Event - Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid and Valentina Kozlov defect

1979 Event - Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in New York City

1973 Event - Hans of Manens ballet "Adagio Hammerklavier" premieres in Amsterdam

1965 Birthday - Sylvie Guillem, France, ballerina, Royal Ballet

1964 Death - Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet choreographer (Gayaneh), dies at 66

1963 Birthday - Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina, American Ballet Theater

1961 Birthday - Martin Kemp, London, rock bassist, Spandau Ballet

1961 Event - Amsterdam National Ballet forms

1961 Event - Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt

1961 Event - Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris

1959 Death - George Antheil, U.S. pianist/composer (Ballet Mecanique), dies at 58

1957 Birthday - David Bintley, born in Huddersfield, England, choreographer, artistic director, The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet

1957 Event - Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince and the Pauper," premieres in London

1956 Birthday - Evelyn Hart, prima ballerina, Royal Winnipeg Ballet

1955 Birthday - Fernando Bujones, born in Miami, Florida, ballet dancer

1954 Birthday - Ib Anderson, Copenhagen, ballet dancer

1954 Event - Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire

1952 Death - W de Basil, US Voskresenski, Russia, ballet dancer, dies

1951 Death - Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancers/pegagoge, dies at 72

1950 Birthday - Merrill Ashley, St. Paul, Minnesota, ballerina, New York City Ballet

1950 Birthday - Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet, Deutsche Opera Berlin

1950 Death - Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London

1949 Event - Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty and the Beast," premieres

1948 Event - "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 62 performances

1948 Event - "Ballet Ballads" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 62 performances

1948 Birthday - Mikhail Baryshnikov, born in Riga, Latvia, ballet dancer, That's Dancing

1947 Birthday - Lesley Collier, British ballet dancer

1946 Birthday - Cynthia Gregory, born in Louisiana, ballerina, New York Ballet Co

1946 Birthday - David Wall, English ballet dancers/director, Royal Academy of Dancing

1945 Birthday - Martine van Hamel, Brussels Belgium, ballerina, New York City Ballet Co

1945 Event - William Schuman and Antony Tudors ballet premieres in New York City

1944 Event - Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins' ballet premieres in New York City

1943 Birthday - Anthony Dowell, London, ballet dancer, Royal Ballet

1942 Event - Aaron Copland/de Milles ballet "Rodeo," premieres in New York City

1942 Birthday - Patricia McBride, Teaneck, New Jersey, ballerina, New York City Ballet Co

1942 Death - Mikhailmichel Fokine, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer, dies

1942 Event - A Schoenberg and Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire," premieres in New York City

1941 Birthday - Karin von Aroldingen, born in Germany, ballet dancer, New York City Ballet Co

1940 Event - Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet premieres in Leningrad

1939 Event - Tropicana ballet of Havana Cuba, forms

1938 Event - A Copland and E Lorings ballet "Billy the Kid," premieres in Chicago

1938 Event - Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London

1938 Birthday - Rudolf Nureyev, Russia, ballet dancer and choreographer, Kirov

1936 Birthday - Edward Villella, Bayside Queens, ballet dancer, New York City Ballet

1936 Birthday - Ian Spurling, ballet designer

1936 Event - Pravda criticizes Shostakovich' ballet "Clear Brook"

1934 Birthday - Jacques d'Amboise, born in Dedham, Massachusetts, ballet dancer, New York City Ballet Company

1934 Birthday - Henning Kronstam, born in Copenhagen, Denmark, ballet dancer, performed over 120 roles with Royal Danish Ballet for over 20 years

1933 Event - Berlin/Hart/Heyman/Myers ballet "As Thousands Cheer," premieres in New York City

1933 Birthday - Arif Melikov, born in Baku, Azerbaijan, name also Arif Malikov, Soviet composer, nationally acclaimed for composition Legend of Love whose ballet is among the finest works to emerge from the Soviet Union

1933 Birthday - Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer, Painted Birds

1933 Birthday - Darijan Bozic, born in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, composer, conductor, manager, artistic director of The Slovene National Theater Opera and Ballet Ljubljana

1932 Event - Emmanuel Chabriers and Balanchines ballet premieres in Monte Carlo

1931 Event - Sibelius/Ashton's ballet "Lady of Shalott," premieres in London

1931 Birthday - Ronald Hynd, British choreographer, English National Ballet

1931 Event - Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "The Arrow," premieres

1930 Event - Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "Zolotoy Vyek," premieres in Leningrad

1930 Birthday - Eino Tamberg, born in Estonia, composer, neoclassical Estonian music, teacher, Estonian Academy of Music, wrote ballet, 'Johanna tentate'

1930 Birthday - John Gilpin, English ballet dancer, Etudes, Alice in Wonderland

1929 Birthday - Harvey Phillips, Aurora Missouri, tubist, New York City Ballet Orchestra

1929 Birthday - Kenneth DeWitt Schermerhorn, Schenectady, New York, conductor, Amer Ballet

1929 Death - Sergei P Diaghilev, Russia, dance master (Imperial Ballet), dies at 57

1929 Event - Sergei Prokoviev's ballet "Prodigal Son," premieres in Paris

1928 Birthday - Erik Bruhn, Copenhagen Denmark, dancer, NNationalatl Ballet of Canada

1927 Birthday - Marjorie Tallchief, U.S. ballerina, Harkness Ballet

1927 Birthday - Maurice Bejart, France, ballet choreographer, Rite of Spring

1926 Event - Bela Bartoks ballet "Miraculous Mandarin," premieres in Keulen

1925 Birthday - Maya Plisetskaya, prima ballerina, Bolshoi Ballet

1924 Birthday - Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer, Death of Narcissus

1924 Birthday - Ludmilla Tcherina, French actress/ballet dancer, Sins of Rome

1924 Birthday - Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer

1924 Event - Poulenc/Nijinska's ballet "Les Biches," premieres in Monte Carlo

1922 Birthday - Marina Svetlova, ballerina/choreographer, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

1922 Birthday - Margaret Scott, founder, Australian Ballet School

1922 Event - Arthur Honegger's ballet "Skating Rink" premieres, Paris

1920 Event - Maurice Ravels ballet "La Valse," premieres in Paris

1920 Birthday - Aart Verstegen, ballet dancers/choreographer, Jolly Joker's Last Joke

1920 Event - Darius Milhaud and Jean Cocteau's ballet, premieres in Paris

1918 Birthday - Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer

1917 Birthday - Alicia Alonso, Havana Cuba, ballerina, American Ballet Theatre

1917 Birthday - Michael [George] Somes, England, dancer, Royal Ballet

1917 Event - Satie/Massine/Picasso's ballet "Parade," premieres in Paris

1917 Event - Domenico Scarlatti and Jeab Cocteaus ballet premieres in Rome

1917 Event - De Falla's ballet "El Sombrero de tres Picos," premieres in Madrid

1915 Event - Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo," premieres in Madrid

1914 Birthday - Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina, Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1925-32

1910 Death - Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Casse-noisette), dies

1907 Event - Saint-Saens/Fokines ballet "Le Cygne," premieres in St. Petersburg

1907 Birthday - William Dollar, St. Louis, ballet dancer/choreographer

1907 Birthday - Lucia Chase, U.S. ballerina/co-founder, American Ballet Theater

1906 Birthday - Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master

1905 Birthday - Serge Lifar, born in Kiev, dancer, choreographer, Paris Opera Ballet

1905 Birthday - Ruth Page, U.S. choreographer/ballet leader, Diaghilev, Pygmalion

1904 Birthday - Alexandra Danilova, ballet great

1904 Birthday - John Antill, born in Sydney, Australia, composer, studied under Alfred Hill, played in NSW State Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, famous for ballet suite Corroboree

1904 Birthday - George Balanchine, dancer/choreographer/ballet producer

1904 Birthday - Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer, La Chatte

1901 Birthday - Conrad Beck, born in Lohn, Switzerland, composer, studied with Jacques Ibert, head of Radio Basel music department for 30 years, composed concertos, symphonies, oratorio, elegy, instrumental, vocal music, and one ballet

1901 Birthday - Kurt Jooss, Wurtemburg, Germany, ballet choreographer

1900 Birthday - Leon Barzin, Brussels Belgium, conductor, New York City Ballet 1948-58

1899 Birthday - Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master, Ballets Russes

1898 Death - Lucien Petipa, French dancer/choreograph/ballet leader, dies

1898 Birthday - Ninette de Valois, Edris Stannus, Engl, ballerina, Royal Ballet

1898 Birthday - Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet dancers/choreographer, Gayaneh

1896 Birthday - Leonide Massine, choreographer, Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20

1895 Event - Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres, St. Petersburg

1894 Event - Debussy's ballet "L'apres-midi d'un faune," premieres in Paris

1893 Event - Richard Drigo's ballet "Magic Flute" premieres, St. Petersburg

1892 Event - "Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres

1892 Event - Tsjaikovski's ballet "Casse-noisette," premieres in St. Petersburg

1891 Death - Leo Delibes, French ballet composer (Lakme), dies at 54

1891 Birthday - Bronislava Nijinska, ballet choreographer

1890 Birthday - Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian and U.S. ballet dancer, Petroesjka

1890 Birthday - Vaslav Nijinsky, born in Kiev, Ukraine, ballet dancer, 3/12 NS

1889 Birthday - Vaslav F Nijinski, Ukraine/US ballet dancer, l'apres-midi d'une faune

1888 Birthday - Marie Rambert, Warsaw, English ballet producer/director/teacher

1879 Birthday - Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer

1877 Event - Tsjaikovski's incomplete ballet "Zwanenmeer," premieres in Moscow

1876 Event - Tsjaikovsky completes his "Swan Lake" ballet

1872 Birthday - Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, born in Russia, dance master, Imperial Ballet

1872 Birthday - Sergei Diaghilev, Gruzino Novgorod Russia, ballet director

1848 Event - Ballet "Faust" premieres, Milan

1842 Death - MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers, dies at 82

1836 Birthday - Leo Delibes, Saint-Germain-du-Val France, ballet composer, Coppelia

1835 Birthday - Luigi Manzotti, Milano, ballet choreographer

1827 Event - Ballet (Deserter) introduced to U.S. at Bowery Theater (New York City)

1819 Birthday - Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer and choreographer, Don Quiotte

1815 Birthday - Lucien Petipa, French dancer/choreographer/ballet leader

1810 Death - Jean-Georges Noverre, French choreographer (ballet d'action), dies

1808 Birthday - Paul "the Great" Taglioni, Vienna, ballet choreographer

1787 Death - Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45

1779 Birthday - Jean Coralli, Paris, ballet producer/choreographer

1760 Birthday - MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancers

1758 Birthday - Pierre-Gabriel Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer

1729 Birthday - Gaetano B Vestris, Italian/French ballet dancer.

1727 Birthday - Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer, ballet d'action

1668 Event - Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"

1581 Event - Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine," is staged in Paris













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