(b Mikulino, 7 Sept. 1907; d Leningrad, 20 Mar. 1970)
Soviet dancer and teacher. His early training was with Nikolai Legat. He studied at the Leningrad Ballet School, with Ponomarev and others and graduated in 1925 into the Mariinsky company, then known as GATOB, later the Kirov. He danced there until 1953, creating roles in Vainonen's The Flames of Paris (1932) and Zakharov's Lost Illusions (1936). He began teaching in 1932, and when he retired he took over the school's Class of Perfection. As a teacher he achieved legendary status, counting among his pupils at the Leningrad school Grigorovich, Nureyev, Panov, and Baryshnikov.