Ekaterina Sankovskaya


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(b Moscow, 1816; d Moscow, 28 Aug. 1878)

Russian dancer who became the most admired ballerina in Moscow of her time. She studied at the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet School and graduated in 1836, going on to dance the title role in the Moscow premiere of La Sylphide on the same day that Taglioni danced the role for the first time in St Petersburg (6 Sept. 1837). She was renowned for her impassioned performances of tragic roles such as Giselle and Esmeralda. After retiring in 1854 she taught ballroom dance in private houses. One of her pupils was the theatre director Stanislavsky.

Subjects: Dance.

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