Nadezhda Bogdanova

(b. 1836)

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(b Moscow, 2 Sept. 1836; d St Petersburg, 5 Sept. (some sources 3 Sept.) 1897)

Russian dancer. Dance was a family affair: she was trained by her father, Konstantin Bogdanov, dancing La Sylphide at the age of 12 with her father as James; her mother was the dancer Tatiana Karpakova; and the family toured together with its own troupe. In 1850 she moved to Paris with her family, eventually becoming principal dancer of the Paris Opera from 1851 to 1855 where she was especially celebrated in the title roles of Giselle, La Sylphide, and Esmeralda. She returned to Russia, dancing in St Petersburg and Moscow, and was much admired for her lyrical style. She took 42 curtain calls after her 1856 debut as Giselle at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg. She danced at the Bolshoi until 1864 when she fell out of favour with the ballet management. She spent the last three years of her career dancing in Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, and Berlin. She retired prematurely in 1867.

Subjects: Dance.

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