(b St Petersburg, 27 Jan. 1909; d Leningrad, 23 Sept. 1979)
Russian dancer and choreographer. She studied at the Petrograd (later Leningrad) Ballet School with Romanova, Shiriaev, and Vagonova. In 1926 she graduated into the Maly Theatre of Opera and Ballet, then from 1927 to 1958 she danced with GATOB (later Kirov Ballet). In 1932 she created the role of Thérèse in Vainonen's Flames of Paris and in 1936 choreographed her first major ballet, Andalusian Wedding (mus. Chabrier) for Leningrad Ballet School. Her subsequent works include Gayané (mus. Khachaturian, 1942) for the Kirov, Perm, Songs of the Crane (mus. Stepanov and Ismagilov, 1944) for Bashkir Opera, The Magic Veil (mus. Zaranek, 1947), and her own version of Scheherazade (mus. Rimsky-Korsakov, 1950), both for the Maly Theatre, Leningrad. In 1964 she staged Swan Lake for the Royal Danish Ballet. Between 1963 and 1974 she taught at the Choreographic Dept. of the Leningrad Conservatory.