Ulanova, Galina (Sergeyevna)


Ulanova, Galina (Sergeyevna)

biographical name

(born Jan. 8, 1910, St. Petersburg, Russia—died March 21, 1998, Moscow) Russian ballet dancer, the first prima ballerina assoluta of the Soviet Union. She trained with Agrippina Vaganova in Leningrad and in 1928 joined the Kirov Theatre (formerly Mariinsky Theatre) company, where she began to dance leading roles and to develop the unique lyrical, dramatic style that won her wide acclaim. In 1944 she moved to the Bolshoi Ballet, and during the 1950s she toured to great acclaim with the company in Europe and the U.S. She retired from dancing in 1962 but continued as ballet mistress and coach at the Bolshoi.

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