This chapter details the early life of Balanchine. Georgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze was born on January 9, 1904; he had an older sister Tamara and a younger brother Andrei. His parents frequently entertained guests at their home and the Balanchivadze children were always on display. Already veterans of early music lessons, they performed for guests on their instruments. The chapter also describes the family's years living in Finland; their mother's lofty social ambitions for her children; and Georgi's acceptance into Theater School in 1913.
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