Marianna Tcherkassky

(b. 1952)

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(b Glen Cove, NY, 28 Oct. 1952)

US dancer. She studied at the Washington School of Ballet and at the School of American Ballet from 1967, making her debut with the André Eglevsky Ballet in 1968 before joining American Ballet Theatre in 1970. An exceptionally lyrical dancer she was promoted to principal in 1976 and created roles in many ballets including Tudor's The Leaves are Fading (1975), Tharp's Push Comes to Shove (1976), Baryshnikov's The Nutcracker (Clara, 1976), Choo-San Goh's Configurations (1981), and Bujones's Grand pas romantique (1985). She was also acclaimed for her performances in the 19th-century repertoire. In 1997, following her retirement from ABT, she became ballet mistress at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater where her husband Terry Orr was artistic director.

Subjects: Dance.

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