1904

Georgi Melitonovich Balanchivadze, son of a composer, is born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on January 22.

1913

Enters ballet section of Imperial Theater School, St. Petersburg, as a day student.

1914

Admitted to the Imperial Theater School as a boarding student.

1915

Performs on stage for the first time, playing a cupid in Marius Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty, an experience he later credits with inspiring him to pursue a career in ballet; dances in school performances and acts in plays.

1917

The Imperial Theater School and the Maryinsky Theater are closed in the wake of the Russian Revolution. Balanchivadze finds work as a messenger, saddler’s assistant, and pianist for a silent-film theater.

1918

After more than a year's interruption, resumes studies at the renamed Petrograd Theater (Ballet) School. ― Appears in repertory at the renamed State Maryinsky Theater of Opera and Ballet; performs with fellow students for workers' clubs, army units and educational institutions.

ca. 1919

Creates first choreography, for Ballet School concerts [1-3]. ― Embarks on three years of study at the Petrograd Conservatory of Music, directed by Alexander Glazounov, focusing on piano and music theory. ― Begins to compose music.--- Stravinsky's first ballets, Firebird and Petrouchka, are presented at the State Maryinsky Theater.

1921

Graduates with honors from Petrograd Theater (Ballet) School [4-5]. ―Enters ballet company of the renamed Petrograd State (Academic) Theater of. Opera and Ballet. ― Sees and is influenced by performances of Kasyan Goleizovsky's Chamber Ballet. ― Obtains score of Stravinsky's Pulcinella [35].

1922

Choreographs works for Petrograd Theater School graduation performances and continues to perform with State Theater of Opera and Ballet [6-13]. ― With Pėtr Gusev, Vladimir Dimitriev, Yuri Slonimsky, and others, organizes a small experimental company called Young Ballet, performing in Petrograd, nearby resorts and Moscow. ― Fėdor Lopukhov, artistic director of State Theater of Opera and Ballet, invites Young Ballet to participate in his independent production, Dance Symphony.

1923

Creates works for official debut of Young Ballet. ― Performs as pianist and dancer in cabarets, cinemas and at Svobodny Theater, and works with FEKS company (The Fabricators of Eccentricities, Inc.). ― Is named a ballet master of Maly Opera Theater in Petrograd. [14-29]

1924

Choreographs works for what will be final performances of Young Ballet [30-35]. — Joins troupe of dancers, singers and musicians, directed by Vladimir Dimitriev and including dancers Alexandra Danilova, Tamara Geva, and Nicholas Efimov, to tour Germany. — Departs from Russia. — With the three other dancers, calling themselves Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet, performs in Berlin and tours Rhineland towns. — At end of tour, rejecting theater administration’s order to return to Soviet Union, goes to London. —Performs at popular music hall; seen by Anton Dolin and Boris Kochno. — In Paris, group auditions for Serge Diaghilev. — Diaghilev engages dancers, who join his Ballets Russes in London, and changes name Georgi Balanchivadze to Georges Balanchine.