Serafina Astafieva


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(b St Petersburg, 1876; d London, 13 Sept. 1934)

Russian dancer and teacher. She studied at St Petersburg Theatre School and graduated into the Mariinsky Ballet in 1895, a year later marrying the famous character dancer Jozef Kshessinsky (brother to the ballerina Kshessinska). She subsequently danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1909–11) then opened a school in London where her pupils included Markova, Dolin, and Fonteyn.

Subjects: Dance.

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