(Riga) – The world famous ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as of April 27, 2017 has become a citizen of Latvia.
“While I left Latvia more than fifty years ago, I spent my first sixteen years there, and those formative years have served as the foundation for all things to follow in my lifetime. Not only did I receive my important early education in Riga, but it was also there that my exposure to the arts led me to discover my future destiny as a performer. I have remained grateful for this exposure, and will retain my gratitude for it forever,” Mr. Baryshnikov had said in his application.
Mikhail Baryshnikov was born in Riga, then Latvian SSR, Soviet Union, now Latvia. His parents were Russians: Alexandra (a dressmaker; née Kiselyova) and Nikolay Baryshnikov (an engineer). Baryshnikov began his ballet studies in Riga in 1960, at the age of 11.