Felia Doubrovska


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(orig. Felizata Dluzhnevska; b St Petersburg, 1896; d New York, 18 Sept. 1981)

Russian-US dancer and teacher. She studied at the Imperial Theatre School in St Petersburg and in 1913 graduated into the Mariinsky Theatre, where she became a soloist. In 1920 she left Russia for Paris to become ballerina with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes where she danced until 1929. An unusually tall and technically adventurous dancer, she created the role of the Bride in Nijinska's Les Noces (1923), Polyhymnia in Balanchine's Apollo musagète (1928), and the Siren in his Prodigal Son (1929). Between 1929 and 1931 she danced with Pavlova then subsequently with various companies including Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo (1932), Nijinska's company (1934), de Basil's Ballets Russes, London (1937), and Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York where she was prima ballerina (1938–9). After retiring she became a much respected teacher at the School of American Ballet (1949–80). She was married to the dancer Pierre Vladimirov.

Subjects: Dance.

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