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Classic Beauty, Russian Icon, Galina Ulanova

8. January 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

She has been compared to an angel, a goddess, and is known as a genius of Russian ballet. The grace and beauty she demonstrated years ago still remain in the hearts and minds of Russians everywhere.

 

Galina Ulanova was born on January 8th, 1910 and studied in the Petrograd Ballet School under the great instruction of Agrippina Vaganova and her own mother Maria Romanova, a ballerina of the Imperial Russian Ballet.

 

She began her career with the Mariinsky Theater in 1928 and her remarkable flexibility and grace quickly caught the attention of master dancers. In the early 1940’s, Galina’s fame was recognized by Joseph Stalin and she was transferred to the Bolshoi Theater where she was prima ballerina for 16 years.

 

Tonight the Mariinsky Theater will hold an anniversary event featuring the most significant ballets from Galina’s career: “The Fountain of Bakhchisaray”, “Giselle”, and “Romeo and Juliet”. On January 15th and 16th, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater will present tribute concerts with some of the aforementioned ballets, along with “Swan Lake”.