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Am. Ballet Theatre
Atlanta Ballet
American Beginnings
Ballet Russe
Ballet Russe Descendents
Bolshoi Ballet
Chicago Ballet
Dance Th. of Harlem
Early Ballet
Eliot Feld Ballet
French Ballet
Joffrey Ballet
Modern Dance
New York City Ballet
Pas de Quatre
Russian Beginnings
Russian Ballet 1904-1927
San Francisco Ballet


Who Are We?
The Gypsy Robe
Margaret & Sonia
What Children Say
Addicted to Dance
A League of His Own
60 and Still Counting
Dance, But What Kind?
When Did It All Change?
The Nutcracker Mystique
Ballet and the Evil Empire
Ballet As Track and Field
The Best of the Androisms
The Names Have Changed
Over 80 and Still Teaching
What Do You Really Know?
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow


A Book You Should Own
Body Positions
Basic Vocabulary


Guide to Citation
Site History (part I)
Site History (part II)


Alicia Alonso
Yelena Andreianova
Dick Andros
Dee Andros
Plato Andros
Helene Antonova
Jean Aumer
George Balanchine
Jean Balon
Irina Baronova
Pierre Beauchamp
Carlo Blasis
Nicole Blondy
Adolph Bolm
Ruthanna Boris
Anatole Bourman
Antoine Bournonville
Marie Camargo
Edward Caton
Enrico Cecchetti
Fanny Cerrito
Jean Coralli
The Coulon Family
Margaret Craske
Leon Danielian
Alexandra Danilova
Jean Dauberval
Catherine de Medici
Ninette De Valois
Sergei Denham
Sergei Diaghilev
Charles Louis Didelot
Vladimir Dokoudovsky
Anton Dolin
Felia Doubrovska
Louis Dupre
Nicholas Efimov
Andre Eglevsky
Lubov Egorova
Fanny Elssler
Sophie Fedorova
Mikhail Fokine
Franklin Frederic
The Gardel Brothers
Yekaterina Geltzer
Tamara Geva
Nana Gollner
Alexander Gorsky
Lucile Grahn
Cynthia Gregory
Serge Grigoriev
Carlotta Grisi
Marie Madeleine Guimard
Melissa Hayden
Sol Hurok
Marie Jeanne
Christian Johansson
Louis Johnson
Vera Karalli
Maria Karnilova
Tamara Karsavina
Nora Kaye
Michael Kidd
Nathalie Krassovska
John Kriza
Mathilde Kschessinska
Charles le Picq
Nicolai Legat
Pierina Legnani
Giovanni Lepri
David Lichine
Serge Lifar
Robert Lindgren
Catherine Littlefield
Emma Livry
Jean Baptiste Lully
Nicholas Magallanes
Alicia Markova
Leonide Massine
Augusta Maywood
Mikhail Mordkin
Mary Ellen Moylan
Vera Nemtchinova
Bronislava Nijinska
Vaslav Nijinsky
Jean Georges Noverre
Laurent Novikoff
Anatole Obouhkoff
Nicholas Orloff
Sono Osato
Ruth Page
Robert Pagent
Anna Pavlova
Louis Pecourt
Jules Perrot
The Petipa Family
Paul Petroff
Olga Preobrajenska
Francoise Prevost
Marie Rambert
Pierre Rameau
Janet Reed
Tatiana Riabouchinska
Jerome Robbins
Carolina Rosati
Ida Rubinstein
Marie Salle
Ludmila Schollar
Mia Slavenska
Vivian Smith
Lydia Sokolova
Olga Spessivtseva
Marie Theresa Subligny
The Taglioni Family
Maria Tallchief
Glen Tetley
Tamara Toumanova
Vera Trefilova
Anthony Tudor
Sonja Tyven
Galina Ulanova
The Vestris Family
Salvatore Vigano
Pierre Vladimorov
Alexandre Volinine
Patricia Wilde
Raven Wilkinson
Leon Woizikowski
Sonia Wojcikowska
Igor Youskevitch
Virginia Zucci
Nicholas Zverev

Andros on Ballet is a collection of articles about ballet history and classical ballet technique. Dick Andros is a ballet teacher and writer based in New York City that provides this site to share the knowledge and stories he has accumulated through his long career as a dancer and teacher.

Mr. Andros teaches intermediate level ballet Monday thru Friday at 11:30 AM at Ballet Academy East.


Biographical essays on significant figures in ballet history, including stories from personal experiences with many of these figures. An alphabetical listing is given in the navigation bar to the left, or you can click here for a historical timeline.


Ballet history timeline Articles on the early history of ballet, major trends in the development of modern ballet and the formation of the major American companies.

Ballet History Timeline
Beginnings of Russian Ballet
Beginnings of American Ballet
Ballet Russes
American Ballet Theatre


An overview of (Cecchetti) classical ballet vocabulary. Includes a variety of pictures and animations.


Guide to Bibliographic Citation
Site developed by michaelminn.com.


Daniel Nagrin (1917 - 2008)

October 7, 2008

We celebrate the life of Daniel Nagrin, a uniquely gifted and innovative performer, choreographer and teacher in the realm of modern-dance who passed away in Tempe, AZ on December 29, 2008. MORE...

Plato Andros (1921 - 2008)

October 7, 2008

We celebrate the life of Plato Andros (Dick Andros' brother), who passed away in Norman, OK on September 22, 2008. Andros is best remembered for his award-winning days in college and professional football. MORE...

Irina Baronova (1919 - 2008)

July 4, 2008

We celebrate the life of Irina Baronova, who passed passed away at her home in Australia on June 28, 2008. Baronova was the last surviving member of the Ballet Russes' "Baby Ballerinas" (along with Tamara Toumanova and Tatiana Riabouchinska) who became stars performing works by a young George Balanchine. MORE...

Coppélia and the Demise of the Paris Opera Ballet

May 14, 2008

Every ballet goer has seen Coppélia or at least heard about it. It's a fun ballet that encompasses many forms of dance: character, and classical ballet. It is a clever comment on the evils of infatuation. What is not known about Coppélia is; it was one of the last attempts to save ballet in Paris from oblivion. MORE...

Marie-Jeanne (1920 - 2008)

January 6, 2008

We celebrate the life of Marie-Jeanne who passed away on January 3, 2008 in Austin, TX. The NYC native studied at the School of American Ballet and performed with a number of companies including the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the predecessor companies to the New York City Ballet. She is probably best remembered for her work with George Balanchine. MORE...

Michael Kidd (1919 - 2007)

December 24, 2007

We celebrate the life of dancer and choreographer Michael Kidd, who passed away on December 23, 2007 at his home in Los Angeles. The Brooklyn native began his career with American Ballet and Ballet Caravan (predecessors of the New York City Ballet) before joining Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Kidd later choreographed on Broadway and in Hollywood, ultimately earning five Tony awards in almost a half century of work. MORE...

A League of His Own

November 19, 2007

In mid-20th-century Oklahoma, the Andros name was well-known for two brothers who achieved fame in the athletic arena. But many folks did not realize there was a third brother, our own Mr. Andros. The Oklahoma Journal Record featured a nice article by Max Nichols, Youngest Andros Brother Finds League of His Own. MORE...

Igor Moiseyev (1906 - 2007)

November 5, 2007

We celebrate the life of Igor Moiseyev, the famed Russian choreographer who passed away November 3, 2007. Moiseyev distilled folk styles from many different countries into a unique form of theatrical dance that was wildly popular in the mid-20th century. The Moiseyev Dance Company’s NYC debut in 1958 at the Metropolitan Opera House was presented by impressario Sol Hurok and, as the first U.S. visit by a major Soviet dance troupe, began a new era of cultural exchange. MORE...

Glen Tetley (1926 - 2007)

March 27, 2007

We celebrate the life of Glen Tetley, who passed away on January 10, 2007. Tetley worked both in the worlds of ballet and modern dance, at one time he was a performer both with American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Company. Tetley also worked extensively with Hanya Holm and his later work as a choreographer was a pioneering (and controversial) fusion of modern dance and ballet. MORE...

Ruthanna Boris (1918 - 2007)

February 7, 2007

We celebrate the life of Ruthanna Boris, who passed away on January 5, 2007. Boris performed with the Ballet Russes, American Ballet, Ballet Caravan and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Boris later went on to work as a choreographer, administrator and educator. MORE...


January 15, 2007

Words often have powerful, subconscious meanings that we often fail to consider when these words become a part of our daily vocabulary. In the arts, casually-used words and phrases often reveal subtle deceptions upon deeper reflection. What's in a name? Consider these...

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