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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Nijinsky, Vaslav or Waslaw 1890-1950. Russian-born dancer and choreographer noted for his leading roles with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris and for his choreography of The Rites of Spring (1913) and other ballets.

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  • n. Russian dancer considered by many to be the greatest dancer of the 20th century (1890-1950)

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Examples

  • The Nijinsky is a social club for super-rich, middle-aged boys.

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  • She later appeared in Herbert Ross's 1980 film "Nijinsky" as Maria Piltz, the ballerina who played the character in Nijinsky's 1913 original "Rite."

    Taking the Royal Ballet to New Heights

  • • Trainer produced great winners such as Nijinsky and Sir Ivor

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  • • Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vaslav Nijinsky were not "given to the world" by the Bolshoi theatre company as we stated in an article examining the upheaval at the theatre over the departure of Gennady Yanin, a deputy director of the ballet company.

    Corrections and clarifications

  • One of the favorite parts in the film for me are the scenes where I am seen working so hard on the choreography for the Nijinsky ballet.

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  • Bursting with color and energy, the almost-beyond-lavish pages of 'Ballets Russes' Assouline, 236 pages, $750 make a feast of these leftovers, re-creating mighty collaborations among artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Miró and choreographers like Nijinsky, Léonid Massine and Michel Fokine.

    Photo-Op: Modernism à la Russe

  • Perhaps the company's most scandalous moment came in the ballet that Nijinsky made from Mallarmé's poem 'The Afternoon of the Faun.'

    Photo-Op: Modernism à la Russe

  • As the opening performance of 'Le Pavillon D'Armide' concluded, Vaslav Nijinsky, dressed in white with a feathered turban, seemed to pause mid-air in his final leap.

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  • Many of his leading male dancers became his lovers — though Nijinsky was the most celebrated, there were also L é onide Massine and Serge Lifar.

    Beauty of the Ballets Russes

  • On the other hand, Nijinsky was famous for the height of his soaring leaps.

    Beauty of the Ballets Russes

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