Leonide Massine (1896–1979)

Author of My Life in Ballet

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Léonide Massine, born Leonid Fyodorovich Miassin or Myasin, grew up in Moscow and studied acting and ballet at the Imperial Theater School. In 1914, he was invited by Sergei Diaghilev to join the Ballets Russes, and made his debut with the company in Paris. He became Diaghilev's protégé and lover; Diaghilev supervised his artistic education, taking him to museums and concerts and introducing him to avant-garde painters, composers, and conductors. Massine went on to became the choreographer of more than 50 ballets and one of the most important figures in 20th-century dance.
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