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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Teenie Sherpetosky Powers

Throwback Thursday and Teenie Sherpetosky Powers

Born in Lithuania on May 7, 1894 to Stephen and Barbara Sherpetosky, Antoinette went on to become a professional ballet dancer. Her parents moved to Chicago sometime soon after her birth and census records show her living there in 1910.

At age 21 she married James Peters and they lived in Chicago for many years. Here Antoinette developed her skills as a ballet dancer. She trained in the Pavley-Oukrainsky School of Dance, an off-shoot of the Chicago Ballet. She went on to dance with the Imperial Ballet of Moscow.

In 1963, the couple was visiting Chicago and there was a tragic car accident in which Antoinette lost her life. She is bured in a private mausoleum in Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, Ohio. But witnesses say she is still dancing. Rumor has it that on nights when the moon is full, at midnight, she can be seen dancing around her grave.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #138:
“Does ballerina Antoinette “Teenie” Peters haunt the Woodland Cemetery in Ironnton, Ohio?”

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