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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Tatiana Vecheslova

Throwback Thursday and Tatiana Vecheslova

Born in St. Petersburg on February 25, 1910, Tatiana Vecheslova trained under the famous Vaganova at the Leningrad Choreographic School. She was the daughter of Yevgenia Snietkova, a teacher at the Kirov. Vecheslova graduated in 1928, and soon established herself as a strong dramatic dancer.

She created many roles including Paskuala (Laurencia), Nuné (Gayané), Florine (Lost Illusions), Manizhe (Heart of the Hills), one of the Ugly Sisters (Sergeyev's Cinderella) and Esmeralda (Esmeralda). She also performed title roles in the classics, including Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Giselle. In 1934 she became the first Soviet ballerina to tour abroad when she and frequent partner Chabukiani traveled to the United States.

Her last performance was in 1953, after which she directed the Vaganova School and was a teacher and Ballet Mistress with the Kirov Ballet from 1955-1971.

In addition she wrote several books about ballet, including I am a Ballerina in 1964, and Of the Things I Value Most in 1984.

Tatiana Vecheslova died on July 11, 1991.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #117:  
Tatiana Vecheslova was a famous Russian ballerina and the first Soviet ballet dancer to tour abroad.

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