Alexandra Danilova in Swan Lake.
(born Nov. 20, 1903, Peterhof, Russia—died July 13, 1997, New York, N.Y., U.S.) Russian-born U.S. ballet dancer and teacher. She attended the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg and became a soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre
. In 1924 she joined the Ballets Russes
. From 1938 to 1952 she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
, touring worldwide as its prima ballerina. She created leading roles in The Triumph of Neptune
, Gaǐté Parisienne
, Swan Lake
, and Coppélia
. After retiring in 1957 she became a full-time faculty member at the School of American Ballet (1964–89). She was instrumental in bringing classical and modern Russian repertoires to the U.S.
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