Rudolf Nureyev (Mar. 17,1938 – Jan. 6, 1993) Nureyev's influence on the world of ballet changed the perception of male dancers; in his own productions of the classics the male roles received much more choreography. Another important influence was his crossing the borders between classical ballet and modern dance by performing both.
"The trained dancer must not only have grace and elegance, but also the leap of an Olympic hurdler, the balance of a tight-rope walker and panther-like strength and agility." ~Camilla Jessel (*Dancer featured: Rudolf Nureyev)