|BALLET DANCER, BALLET TEACHER (RUSSIA)|
BORN 21 Jan 1871, St. Petersburg - DIED 27 Dec 1962, Paris (near)|
GRAVE LOCATION Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, Essonne: Cimetière russe de Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois, rue Léo Lagrange (Tomb 2469, Plan II)
Olga Preobrazhenskaya started her studies at the Imperial Ballet School in 1879. She studied with Enrico Cecchetti, Christian Johansson and Nicholas Legat. In 1889 she graduated and she joined the Mariinsky Theatre, where she was a member for 25 years. In 1900 she became prima ballerina and she danced in over 700 performances.
In 1909 she performed in the opera of Paris in "Javotte" by Camille Saint-Saens. From 1917 until 1921 she worked as a ballet teacher at the State School in St. Petersburg. In 1921 she escaped from Russia and permanently moved to Paris. There she had her own studio and worked as a teacher until 1960. Among her pupils were Irina Baronova, Tamara Toumanova and Margot Fonteyn.