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Georgina Parkinson
Birth: Aug. 20, 1938
East Sussex, England
Death: Dec. 18, 2009
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Ballerina. A longtime star of London's Royal Ballet, she later became a noted instructor in New York. Raised in Brighton, her talent was recognized early-on by the nuns at the convent school she attended in Rottlingdean; weekly ballet lessons led to her acceptance into Sadlers Wells Ballet School at 11 and into the graduate program at 15, a demanding regimen which forced the students to fulfill all the requirements of a conventional education. Joining the Royal Ballet in 1957, she was promoted to soloist in 1959, and to principal in 1962. Able to perform both classical and modern repertoire, her major break-thru came as the Girl in Blue in Bronislava Nijinska's 1964 "Les Biches". Georgina won particular acclaim as the title characters of Andre Howard's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and Glazunov's "Raymonda", received praise as Odette inb Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake", gave the world premiere of Frederick Ashton's "Monotones I", and was to appear in several of Kenneth MacMillan's creations. She was the wife in "The Invitation" and the archduke's mother in "Mayerling", the latter proving her final bow with the Royal Ballet. The 1970s had seen her taking-on lesser roles, so in 1977 she accompanied MacMillan to America to help coach Mikhail Baryshnikov and others for the cinematic feature "The Turning Point", then in 1978 she accepted a one year offer to teach at New York's American Ballet Theater (ABT). After returning to London for a year, Georgina relocated to Manhattan with her family in 1980, becoming the ABT's ballet mistress. A respected teacher and coach, she continued dancing in the company's performances occasionally, appearing as the Queen Mother in "Swan Lake", Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet", Madame in "Manon", and as the Stepmother in "Fall River Legend". Georgina worked until shortly before succumbing from cancer; one of her final projects was coaching Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman for "Black Swan", a ballet-themed thriller that was in production at the time of her death. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
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Record added: Dec 19, 2009
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Georgina Parkinson
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