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Nijinsky

[ni-zhin-skee, -jin-; Russian nyi-zhin-skyee] /nɪˈʒɪn ski, -ˈdʒɪn-; Russian nyɪˈʒɪn skyi/
noun
1.
Vaslav or Waslaw
[vah-sluh f] /ˈvɑ sləf/ (Show IPA),
1890–1950, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer.
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  • Nijinsky, in the years when Pavlova was still in the ballet, was allowed to have talent.

    The Russian Ballet Ellen Terry
  • The grave young Nijinsky is transformed into a mischievous child!

    The Russian Ballet Ellen Terry
  • There is, indeed, the quality of a dream about the characters Nijinsky presents to us.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • And how few of us can view the art of Nijinsky without emotion!

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • I then had an opportunity of observing Nijinsky at close quarters.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • During the whole performance I was at Nijinsky's side in the wings.

    An Autobiography Igor Stravinsky
  • "Pup-pass, please," said Nijinsky, spotting the trick at once.

  • With his eyes bulging with excitement Nijinsky leapt back and assumed the attitude of warlike defiance known as "coming on guard."

  • As for Nijinsky, he, with his wife, had been a prisoner in an Austrian detention camp since the beginning of the war.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
British Dictionary definitions for Nijinsky

Nijinsky

/nɪˈdʒɪnskɪ/
noun
1.
Waslaw or Vaslaw (vatsˈlaf). 1890–1950, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, who was associated with Diaghilev. His creations include settings of Stravinsky's Petrushka and The Rite of Spring
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