Evgenia Sokolova


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(b St Petersburg, 1 Dec. 1850; d Leningrad, 2 Aug. 1925)

Russian dancer and teacher. She studied at the Imperial Theatre School, St Petersburg, making her unofficial debut while still a student in 1862 and in 1869 graduated into the St Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre as a premiere danseuse. A lyrical, expressive dancer she was often overshadowed by the technical brilliance of her contemporary, Ekaterina Vazem, who was preferred by Petipa, but she did create several roles in the latter's works including the title role of Mlada (1879) and Galatea in his Pygmalion (1883), as well as dancing the lead in many ballets. She retired from the stage in 1886 and became a teacher at the Mariinsky Theatre. Among her pupils were Pavlova, Karsavina, Egorova, Spessivtseva, and Trefilova.

Subjects: Dance.

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