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Massine, Léonide

Léonide Massine (lāônēd´ mäsēn´), 1896–1979, American choreographer and ballet dancer, b. Russia. Massine attended the Imperial Ballet School, St. Petersburg, and became principal dancer and choreographer for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1914–20) and for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1932–42). He was noted especially as a character dancer. Massine's choreographical works include Parade (1917), La Boutique fantasque (1919), The Three-cornered Hat (1919), Gaité parisienne (1938), Commedia umana (1960), and the films The Red Shoes (1948) and Tales of Hoffman (1951). In the 1940s he worked in the United States with the Ballet Theatre.

See his autobiography (1968); biography by V. García-Márquez (1995).

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Massine, Léonide

Massine, Léonide (1896–1979) US choreographer and ballet dancer, b. Russia. His choreography includes Le Soleil de Nuit (1915), La Boutique Fantasque (1919), and Three Cornered Hat (1919). He influenced the development of choreography when he created his first symphonic ballet, Les Présages (1933). He also performed in the films The Red Shoes (1948) and Tales of Hoffmann (1951).

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