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

  • Baryshnikov, Mikhail Nikolayevich Born 1948. Soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer who, after performing with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), defected to the United States (1974), where he danced for and later directed the American Ballet Theater. In 1990 he helped found the White Oak Dance Project, a modern-dance company, which he directs.

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  • n. Russian dancer and choreographer who migrated to the United States (born in 1948)


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  • In his prime, he reinvented and reinvigorated male classical dancing, and was to my mind the most beautiful male dancer ever (Baryshnikov is very good, but doesn't have that, I don't know, whatever it was that Nureyev had - I'd say animal grace and power if it didn't sound vaguely insulting).

    December 30th, 2005

  • By the way, I don't think Tom "Baryshnikov" DeLay was motivated by fame to sashay across the small screen.


  • In ballet, I love watching Mikhail Baryshnikov soar in clips from the 1977 film "The Turning Point".

    Joan E. Dowlin: Why The Arts Will Survive

  • When the dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov heard he was not just at a party but a "fiesta!" he responded, "Oh, am I?"

    Fiesta or Gala? The Jury's in Doubt

  • In January, the 2011 Guggenheim fellow and Obie Award winner's new work, the all-female, all-nude, and wordless "Untitled Feminist Show," will make its premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

    Experiments in Madness

  • Reached Friday at his New York-based Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mr. Baryshnikov called the prize "a very great honor."

    Foundation Honors Baryshnikov

  • The award for art will go to legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov , a native of Riga, Latvia.

    Foundation Honors Baryshnikov

  • In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Baryshnikov said he purchased the painting at a Helsinki gallery around 1978.

    Baryshnikov Painting Sold For $746,500

  • Baryshnikov said his nonprofit arts center did not yet have an endowment and relied on donations from individual and corporations.

    Baryshnikov Painting Sold For $746,500

  • Baryshnikov serves as artistic director of the center that he founded in 2005 as a "creative laboratory" and performance space for multidisciplinary artists from around the world.

    Baryshnikov Painting Sold For $746,500


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