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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Ludmilla Shollar

Throwback Thursday and Ludmilla Shollar

Born in 1888 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ludmilla Shollar was a pupil of Fokine and Cecchetti at the Imperial School. She graduated in 1906 and soon began to dance solo roles after joining the company of the Maryinsky Theatre.

From 1910 to 1914 she performed alternately with the Maryinsky and Diaghiliev’s Ballet Russes. She was one of the two girls (along with Karsavina) in Nijinsky’s ballet Jeux in 1913 (see above photo).

During World War I, she joined the Russian Red Cross and worked on the front lines, where she was wounded. She recovered, and returned to the Maryinsky in 1917, where she performed until 1921 when she rejoined the Ballet Russes for their Sleeping Beauty, performing the role of the White Cat, and later, Princess Florine in the Bluebird pas de deux.

In 1935 she relocated to New York, where she taught and coached until 1963, when she and her husband moved to Washington D.C., where they both taught. In 1965 they left to join the San Francisco Ballet School. 

She is the author of the book, A Ballerina Prepares.

Ludmilla Schollar died in 1978. She was responsible for training many, many dancers, and her legacy continues today in all the students who can trace their dance lineage back to her.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #199:
“Ludmilla Shollar was a Russian ballerina who was wounded in WWI.”

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"But it'd be there.”
James Jones, From Here to Eternity

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