Yelena Lukom


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(b St Petersburg, 5 May 1891; d Leningrad, 27 Feb. 1968)

Russian-Soviet dancer and teacher. She studied at the Imperial Theatre School, graduating in 1909 into the Mariinsky Theatre where she was ballerina (1920–41), performing a large and varied repertory of classical and contemporary roles, of which her best known was the heroine of Lopukhov's The Red Poppy (1929). In 1910 she also danced with Diaghilev and between 1922 and 1923 she toured Europe with her partner, Boris Sharov. Between them they developed many of the athletic lifts and balances which became a staple of the Soviet pas de deux. Between 1953 and 1965 she was teacher of the Class of Perfection and repetiteur with the Kirov. She wrote My Work in Ballet (Leningrad, 1940) and was made Honoured Artist of the Republic in 1925.

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