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Baryshnikov honored by Nixon Center

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Most of the speakers at a Washington dinner honoring dancer/actor Mikhail Baryshnikov couldn't pronounce his name, MSNBC reported Thursday.

Versatile composer Colombier dies

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Michel Colombier, composer of scores for more than 100 movies and TV productions and of 20 ballets, has died at the age of 65 at his home in California.

Baryshnikov to star in new theater piece

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Mikhail Baryshnikov is set to star in a new "theater piece with dance" at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater this May, Daily Variety reported Thursday.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2004 with 338 to follow.
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Final episodes of 'Sex' starts Sunday

NEW YORK, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The sixth and final season of the hit HBO comedy "Sex and the City" is scheduled to resume Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2003 with 337 to follow.
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Commentary: An immigrant's holiday

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Ethnic pride and political correctness clash when the nation observes Columbus Day. Italian-Americans, who count Columbus as one of their own, view it as an opp
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

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Mikhail Baryshnikov
Mikhail Baryshnikov arrives for the 2005 Princess Grace Awards (Honoring Mikhail Baryshnikov) at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York on October 26, 2005. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov (Russian: Михаил Николаевич Барышников, Latvian: Mihails Barišņikovs) (born January 27, 1948) is a Soviet-born Russian American dancer, choreographer, and actor, often cited alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev as one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century. After a promising start in the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he defected to Canada in 1974 for more opportunities in western dance. After freelancing with many companies, he joined the New York City Ballet as a principal dancer to learn George Balanchine's style of movement. He then moved to New York to dance with the American Ballet Theatre, where he later became artistic director.

Baryshnikov has spearheaded many of his own artistic projects and has been associated in particular with promoting modern dance, premiering dozens of new works, including many of his own. His success as a dramatic actor on stage, cinema and television has helped him become probably the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancer.

Born in Riga to Russian parents, now in independent Latvia, Baryshnikov began his ballet studies there in 1960. In 1964, he entered the Vaganova School, in what was then Leningrad (now again St. Petersburg). Baryshnikov soon won the top prize in the junior division of the International Varna Competition. He joined the Kirov Ballet and Mariinsky Theater in 1967, dancing the “Peasant” pas de deux in Giselle. Recognizing Baryshnikov's talent, in particular the strength of his stage presence and purity of his classical technique, several Soviet choreographers, including Oleg Vinogradov, Konstantin Sergeyev, Igor Tchernichov, and Leonid Jakobson, choreographed ballets for him. Baryshnikov made signature roles of Jakobson's 1969 virtuosic Vestris along with an intensely emotional Albrecht in Giselle. While still in the Soviet Union, he was called by New York Times critic Clive Barnes "the most perfect dancer I have ever seen."

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