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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Olga Preobrajenska

Throwback Thursday and Olga Preobrajenska

Olga Preobrajenska was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on February 7, 1871. She trained at the Imperial Ballet Academy and joined the Maryinsky company in 1889. By 1896 she was a soloist, and four years later, a prima ballerina – quite an accomplishment in just a few short years. Known for her beautiful lyrical style, as well as her versatility, she performed in over 700 productions and was a prominent dancer during the first decades of the twentieth century.

She worked with great choreographers such as Petipa, Ivanov and Michel Fokine who staged pieces specifically for her. She was highly regarded by both critics and audiences.

But many dancers and teachers today remember her as a great teacher. She began teaching while she was still performing in 1914, and she taught many great dancers of the next generation including Agrippina Vaganova. Preobrajenska went on to teach in many different countries before she settled permanently in Paris.

She taught until she was 90, and then she retired. She died two years later on December 27,1962. She is buried in Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, Departement de l'Essonne, Île-de-France, France.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #209:
“Olga Preobrajenska was a great Russian ballerina and teacher.”

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“[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

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