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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Oleg Tupine

Throwback Thursday and Oleg Tupine

Born on November 17, 1920 on board a ship near Istanbul, Turkey, Oleg Tupine was a dancer with the Original Ballet Russe. His parents were Russian, but he studied dance in France with Lubov Egorova in Paris.

He was often called “A Gracious Cavalier”, because he was tall and handsome. In addition to performing with the Original Ballet Russe, from 1949-1953 he danced with Denham’s Ballet Russe. His partners included famous ballerinas Alexandra Danilova, Tamara Toumanova, Maria Tallchief, and others. In 1949 he appeared in the movie “Silver Lining”.

He retired from performing in 1963 and assumed the directorship of the Virginia Ballet Company and School along with Tatiana (Tania) Rousseau. The two later married.

Oleg Tupine died on June 15, 2003.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #120:
“Dancer Oleg Tupine was born on board a ship, in the waters near Turkey.”

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