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Skibine, George

Shelley Celia Berg

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1802254

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Skibine, George (30 January 1920–14 January 1981), ballet dancer, choreographer, and company director, was born Iurii Borisovich Skibin in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia, the son of Boris Skibin, an actor and dancer, and Vera Hobe. Two years after George’s birth, the Skibines immigrated to Paris. Boris Skibine became a member of Serge Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes in 1923, and young George, known as Youra, was indoctrinated into the world of ballet. He was educated at the Lycée Albert de Mun and was fascinated by science. By the age of sixteen, however, he began to study ballet, working first with his father and then with two great Russian émigrée ballerinas, Olga Preobrajenska and Lubov Egorova, and ex-Bolshoi Ballet star Alexandre Volinine....

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Subjects: Dance

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