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  • Name: Vaslav Nijinsky
  • Born: 03/12/1889
  • Died: 04/08/1950 (61 years old)
  • Occupation: Ballet dancer, choreographer

Vaslav (or Vatslav) Nijinsky (/ˌvɑːtslɑːf nɪˈ(d)ʒɪnski/; Russian: Ва́цлав Фоми́ч Нижи́нский, tr. Václav Fomíč Nižínskij, IPA:[ˈvatsləf fɐˈmʲitɕ nʲɪˈʐɨnskʲɪj]; Polish: Wacław Niżyński, IPA:[ˈvatswaf ɲiˈʐɨj̃skʲi]; 12 March 1889/1890? 8 April 1950) was a Polish ballet dancer and choreographer cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century. Born in Kiev to Polish parents, Nijinsky grew up in Imperial Russia but considered himself to be Polish. He was celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations. He could dance en pointe, a rare skill among male dancers at the time and was admired for his seemingly gravity-defying leaps.

Birth Name: Wacław Niżyński

Alias: Wacław Niżyński

Birth Place: Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)

Death Place: London, England

Source: Wikipedia

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