Solange Schwarz

(b. 1910)

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(b Paris, 12 Nov. 1910)

French dancer; daughter of the famous Paris ballet teacher Jean Schwarz. She studied at the Paris Opera Ballet School and joined the company in 1930. In 1932 she was made étoile of the Opéra Comique and after returning to the Opera in 1937 she was promoted étoile in 1940. With her petite, blonde looks, and technical precision she became a favourite Swanilda, the role which she danced for her farewell performance at the Opera in 1957. She also created roles in several ballets by Lifar (who was her frequent partner), such as Entre deux rondes (1940) in which she took the role of Degas's little dancer, Le Chevalier et la damoiselle (1941), and Sylvia (1941). After the war she and Lifar left the Opera. She was ballerina with Ballets des Champs-Elysées; returned to the Opéra Comique (1949–51), then guested with Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas and Bejart's Ballet de l'Étoile de Paris. After retiring in 1957 she taught at the Paris Conservatoire for twenty years.

Subjects: Dance.

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