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Kirstein, Lincolnlocked

(04 May 1907–05 January 1996)
  • Jada Shapiro


Kirstein, Lincoln (04 May 1907–05 January 1996), ballet director, dance historian, and arts activist, was born Lincoln Edward Kirstein in Rochester, New York, the son of Louis E. Kirstein, a businessman, and Rose Stein Kirstein. In 1911 his family moved to Boston where his father became an executive of the upscale Filene's department stores. Kirstein grew up in a world of beautiful visual expression: finely crafted public sculpture, home furnishings, paintings, objets d'art, architecture, and clothing. He attended Boston public schools until the ninth grade, then studied briefly at Exeter, and finished high school at the Berkshire School for Boys. He studied drawing, piano, and dance. Although he never particularly excelled in academics, he demonstrated a deep desire to learn and absorb information....

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