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Ilse Liepa has performed in “Don Quixote,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Le Corsaire” and “The Queen of Spades.”  She has danced famous pieces like “Dying Swan” and “Vision of a Rose” and famous Russian choreographers have even created miniatures especially for her.

Ilse Liepa has performed in “Don Quixote,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Le Corsaire” and “The Queen of Spades.” She has danced famous pieces like “Dying Swan” and “Vision of a Rose” and famous Russian choreographers have even created miniatures especially for her.

Vera Karalli    Vera Karalli (1889-1972) was a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and actress in the early 20th century.    After the Moscow Theater School, Karalli performed with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1909. At the Bolshoi Theatre she was promoted soloist after two years and ballerina in 1915. From 1914 on, she also had a short but intense (16 films) career in Russian cinema, playing first in films by Pyotr Chardynin, opposite Ivan Mozzhukin. From 1915 on, she also played in the…

Vera Karalli Vera Karalli (1889-1972) was a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and actress in the early 20th century. After the Moscow Theater School, Karalli performed with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1909. At the Bolshoi Theatre she was promoted soloist after two years and ballerina in 1915. From 1914 on, she also had a short but intense (16 films) career in Russian cinema, playing first in films by Pyotr Chardynin, opposite Ivan Mozzhukin. From 1915 on, she also played in the…

Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya - Russian ballet dancer, ballet master…

Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya - Russian ballet dancer, ballet master…

Maya Plisetskaya (1925)  is a name that belongs in any discussion about ballet’s ‘greatest ever.’ Intelligent, charismatic, seemingly eternally young, unique in the surreal fluidity of her arms and the height of her jumps, Plisetskaya is a megastar that shone with unequaled brightness, grace and durability in ballet’s galaxy.  Russian critic Anatoly Korolev called her ‘the true queen of the Bolshoi’ who brought her Latin sensuality to the cool, rational, classical style of the prestigious…

Maya Plisetskaya (1925) is a name that belongs in any discussion about ballet’s ‘greatest ever.’ Intelligent, charismatic, seemingly eternally young, unique in the surreal fluidity of her arms and the height of her jumps, Plisetskaya is a megastar that shone with unequaled brightness, grace and durability in ballet’s galaxy. Russian critic Anatoly Korolev called her ‘the true queen of the Bolshoi’ who brought her Latin sensuality to the cool, rational, classical style of the prestigious…

Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya ( 20 November 1925 – 2 May 2015) Russian ballet…

Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya ( 20 November 1925 – 2 May 2015) Russian ballet…

Marina Semyonova taught for some 50 years until the age of 95, in both the Moscow school and the Bolshoi Ballet. Among her pupils were many of the great Bolshoi names: Plisetskaya, Natalia Bessmertnova (the wife of the longtime Bolshoi director Yuri Grigorovich), Lyudmila Semenyaka, Nadezhda Pavlova and Nina Ananiashvili. One of her most ardent fans was today’s Bolshoi male star Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

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Marina Semyonova taught for some 50 years until the age of 95, in both the Moscow school and the Bolshoi Ballet. Among her pupils were many of the great Bolshoi names: Plisetskaya, Natalia Bessmertnova (the wife of the longtime Bolshoi director Yuri Grigorovich), Lyudmila Semenyaka, Nadezhda Pavlova and Nina Ananiashvili. One of her most ardent fans was today’s Bolshoi male star Nikolai Tsiskaridze.

‘It Isn’t Wrong Because It Isn’t Russian’ - Erik Bruhn, Rudolph Nureyev ...

‘It Isn’t Wrong Because It Isn’t Russian’ - Erik Bruhn, Rudolph Nureyev ...

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