5 Facts About Vaslav Nijinsky

1. On Sunday, 9 January 1905, Vaslav Nijinsky was caught in the Bloody Sunday massacre in St Petersburg, where a group of petitioners led by Father Grapon attempted to present their petition to the Czar.

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2. In 1904, at the age of 14, Vaslav Nijinsky was selected by the great choreographer Marius Petipa to dance a principal role in what proved to be the choreographer's last ballet, La Romance d'un Bouton de rose et d'un Papillon.

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3. In 1900, Vaslav Nijinsky joined the Imperial Ballet School, where he initially studied dance under Sergei Legat and his brother Nikolai.

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4. In 1913, Vaslav Nijinsky married Hungarian Romola de Pulszky while on tour with the company in South America.

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5. At age nine Vaslav Nijinsky was accepted at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg, the pre-eminent ballet school in the world.

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