Biography of Yurek Shabelevsky (1911-VVVV)

Dancer and ballet master Polish, born in Warsaw in 1911, whose original name is Jerzy Szabelevski.

He began his dance studies at the Warsaw Opera Ballet School and completed his training under the tutelage of Bronislava Nijinska. In 1928, he/she made his debut in the company of Ida Rubinstein , and two years later danced with Olga Spessivtseva in London, at the presentation of the ballet of Nijinska, Paysage Enfantin (1930). He/She joined Les Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in 1932, four years later, he/she joined Les Ballets Russes of the Colonel of Basil as a principal dancer, until 1939. Main roles in the ballets premiered: Beach (1933), Scuola di Ballo (1933), Choreartium (1933), Jardin Public (1935) and Symphonie Fantastique (1936) by Léonide Massine, La Concurrence (1932), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1932) and Danse (1932) Suites of George Balanchine, and Les Cents Baisers (1935) and Lezginka (1935) of Nijinska.

Throughout his artistic career, he/she was a guest artist of the Ballet Theatre (1940), for which choreographed Ode to Glory (Chopin, 1940), Original Ballet Russe (1941 to 1943) and Ballet of Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires (1942-47), where premiered Concierto de Mozart (1942) and Maruf (1942) of Balanchine. In 1967 he/she was appointed master of the Ballet of New Zealand.

It is considered as a dancer with virtuosity and strong personality, which highlighted in particular in character roles. He/She formed his own group in 1940 with which toured United States and South America.