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Stanislas Idzikowski


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(also spelled Idzikowsky; b Warsaw, 1894; d London, 12 Feb. 1977)

Polish-British dancer and teacher. He studied with Cecchetti and made his debut with London Empire Theatre Ballet in 1911 in the musical New York. In 1912 he danced with Pavlova's company, in 1913 with the Imperial Russian Ballet of T. and A. Kosloff, and in 1914 he joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Though unusually short, he was a dazzling virtuoso with an extraordinary jump and took over many of Nijinsky's roles as well as creating roles in Massine's The Good-Humoured Ladies (1917), Les Contes russes (1917), La Boutique fantasque (1919), Le Tricorne (1919), and Pulcinella (1920), also in Balanchine's Jack in the Box (1926) and the Blue Bird in the 1921 production of The Sleeping Princess. He left the company in 1924 to dance with Lopokova at the Coliseum and with Comte de Beaumont's ‘Soirées de Paris’, then rejoined Diaghilev (1925–9). He directed his own company from 1929 to 1930 and was then guest artist with Vic-Wells Ballet (1933–4). From 1933 he also taught in London and was author (with C. W. Beaumont) of A Manual of Classical Theatrical Dancing (London, 1922).

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