Vaslav Nijinsky is sometimes known as the greatest male dancer of the 1900s; a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, could even dance en pointe, which was unusual for men during his time. His parents were dancers, too, and are responsible for getting Nijinsky involved in dance. After he graduated he joined the Imperial Ballet Company. Even though he was new to the company, Nijinsky was not placed in the corps de ballet; he was granted primary roles from the start! Nijinsky became the lead male dancer of Ballet Russes in 1909. He also fell in love with the founder, Serge Diaghilev. The year of 1912 marked the time when Nijinsky began to choreograph his own dances. Though an amazing dancer and choreographer, his work tended to cause unease and sometimes even riots in the audience; ballets like Le Sacredu Printemps and L’apres-midi d’un Faune were two particular ones that created a stir. Nijinsky introduced an entirely new concept of ballet dance with his ballets, something that turned out to be highly controversial with his audience.