Olga Lepeshinskaya


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(b Kiev, 28 Sept. 1916; d Moscow, 20 Dec. 2008)

Soviet ballerina and teacher. She studied at the Moscow Ballet School and graduated into the Bolshoi in 1933 where she was ballerina until 1963. A model Soviet ballerina she was a joyful, impetuous dancer with a powerful, almost masculine, technique and a high flying jump. Celebrated in comedy roles like Lise in Gorsky's version of La Fille mal gardée (her debut role) and Kitri in Don Quixote, she also created roles in several ballets including Zakharov's Taras Bulba (1941), Cinderella (1945), and the Moscow version of Zakharov's The Bronze Horseman (1949). She made frequent international tours in a programme of concert pieces and taught widely after her retirement, also writing ballet reviews during the 1970s and 1980s. She was made People's Artist of the USSR in 1947.

Subjects: Dance.

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