Mikhail Baryshnikov Quotes

It’s time to relax and be inspired by one of 20th’s century’s greatest male ballet dancers: Mikhail Baryshnikov and a few of his best quotes. But before we jump, or should I say, grand jeté to some very insightful Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes, lets take a quick look into this ballet star’s bio: “Misha” is a Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. Born to Russian parents in Riga, now in independent Latvia, Baryshnikov began his ballet studies there in 1960. In 1964, he entered the Vaganova School, in what was then Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). While still in the Soviet Union, he was called by New York Times critic Clive Barnes “the most perfect dancer I have ever seen.” On June 29, 1974, while on tour in Canada with the Bolshoi Ballet, Baryshnikov defected, requesting political asylum in Toronto, and joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His first televised performance after coming out of temporary seclusion in Canada was with the National Ballet of Canada in La Sylphide. He then went on to the United States. From 1974 to 1978, he was principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). He also worked with the New York City Ballet, with George Balanchine and as a regular guest artist with the Royal Ballet. He also toured with ballet and modern dance companies around the world for fifteen months. He returned to ABT in 1980 as dancer and artistic director, a position he held for a decade. On July 3, 1986, he became a naturalized citizen...

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