Olga Iossifovna Preobrazhenskaya

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Olga Preobrajenska

Olga Iossifowna Preobrazhenskaja ( Russian Ольга Иосифовна Преображенская , mostly Olga Preobrajenska transcribed; * January 21 July / February 2,  1871 greg. In Saint Petersburg ; † December 27, 1962 in Saint-Mandé ) was a Russian dancer and dance teacher most popular dancers of the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg.


Preobrazhenskaya began her dance training at the age of eight at the imperial ballet school in St. Petersburg. Her teachers included Nicholas Legat , Enrico Cecchetti , Christian Johansson and Marius Petipa . At the age of eighteen she was engaged at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. At the age of 25 she became a solo dancer and at 29, in 1900, she became a prima ballerina. From 1895 she gave guest appearances in Paris, London and America.

After the Russian Revolution she gave dance lessons in St. Petersburg and from 1923 in Paris. In the decades that followed, there was no well-known dancer who had not taken lessons from her. Her students also included Margot Fonteyn , Tamara Toumanova and Irina Baronova .

Preobrazhenskaya died at the age of 91 and is buried in the Montmartre cemetery in Paris.

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