Margarita Froman


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(b Moscow, 8 Nov. 1890; d Boston, 24 Mar. 1970)

Russian-Yugoslav dancer, choreographer, teacher, and ballet mistress. She studied at the Imperial Theatre School, Moscow, graduating into the Bolshoi Theatre in 1909. Between 1914 and 1916 she danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes then in 1917 returned to the Bolshoi as ballerina for a year, leaving in 1918 to dance with Mordkin. In 1921 she and her three brothers emigrated to Yugoslavia where they worked at the Zagreb Opera Ballet. As ballerina and choreographer she initiated the revival of ballet in Yugoslavia, staging the classics and the Ballets Russes repertoire (alone and in collaboration with her brothers) as well as creating several works including The Gingerbread Man (mus. Baranovič, 1923). In 1937 she worked as choreographer at the State Opera Ballet Belgrade, creating works such as The Legend of Ochrid (mus. Hristíč, 1947) as well as founding and directing various schools (her pupils included Mia Slavenska). In the early 1950s she moved to the US where she taught at her own school in Connecticut.

Subjects: Dance.

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