(became Princess Nikita Troubetzkoy; b St Petersburg, 8 Aug. 1880; d Paris, 18 Aug. 1972)
Russian dancer and teacher. She studied at the Imperial Theatre School, St Petersburg, with Cecchetti and graduated into the Mariinsky Theatre in 1898. Her qualities of simplicity and lyricism did not immediately win her admirers in an era dominated by extrovert virtuosos and she was not promoted ballerina until 1914. She did, however, become renowned for her interpretations of both Odette and Giselle. In 1917/18 she moved to Paris where she danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1921–2) and in 1923 opened her own school, founding Les Ballets de la Jeunesse in 1937. Among her pupils were S. Schwarz, Charrat, Lifar, and Dolin. She was married to Prince Troubetzkoy and was awarded Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et lettres (1964).