Ballet Calendar: February

Ballet Calendar: February

The last winter month gave the world several great ballerinas: brilliant Anna Pavlova, Ekaterina Maximova, Sylvie Guillem were born in February. What else is this month famous for?

On February 1, 1939, People's Artist of the USSR Ekaterina Maximova was born. For thirty years she was the leading soloist with the Bolshoi Theater. The duet of Ekaterina Maximova and her husband Vladimir Vasiliev is recognized worldwide as a model. In her later years, Ekaterina Maximova worked as a ballet master-repetiteur with the Bolshoi Theater. 

On February 1, 1837, the Russian dancer, choreographer and teacher Gustav Legat was born. He was a soloist with the Mariinsky first, then with the Bolshoi Theater. He also taught at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. And founded the Legat-Obukhov ballet dynasty.

On February 1, 1934, People's Artist of the USSR Marina Kondratieva was born. In 1952, she became an artist with the Bolshoi Ballet Company and now works as a ballet master-repetiteur with the major theater in the country. 

On February 1, 1965, was the birthday of Vadim Pisarev, a ballet dancer, choreographer, artistic director of the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater "Donbass Opera". 

On February 2, 1871, Olga Preobrazhenskaya, a famous Russian ballerina, teacher, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, was born. In 1921, she emigrated and taught in Berlin, Milan, Paris and London. 

On February 3, 1895, Margarita Kandaurova, a Russian and Soviet ballerina, prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Theater, was born.

On February 5, 1970George Balanchine's one-act ballet Who Cares? to the music by George Gershwin premiered in New York. 

On February 6, 1921, Yuri Kondratov, a ballet dancer, People's Artist of the RSFSR, was born. He devoted 20 years of his life to the Bolshoi Theater, where he was a partner of Galina Ulanova, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Maya Plisetskaya. 

February 6 is the birthday of the first soloist of the Bolshoi Theater Vitaly Biktimirov.

February 8, 1673, is considered to be the birthday of Russian ballet. On this day, the first ballet performance was given at the court of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in the village of Preobrazhenskoye near Moscow.

On February 8, 1931, Vladimir Vasilyov, a Soviet and Russian choreographer, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, was born. Until his death in 2017, he headed the State Academic Classical Ballet Theater.  

On February 12, 1881, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, Anna Pavlova, was born. She became a symbol of Russian ballet, her dancing is still admired and serves as a standard of the highest art.

On February 13, 1929, Ninel Kurgapkina was born. She was a Soviet ballerina who danced on stage of the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater in Leningrad. She was the first partner of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. And a teacher for over 40 years. 

On February 13, 1944, was the birthday of Sergei Radchenko, who is an Honored Artist of the RSFSR, soloist with the Bolshoi Theater and artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Sergei Radchenko. 

On February 13, 1995, Jacopo Tissi, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet Company, was born. 

On February 15, 1945, the one-act ballet Leningrad Symphony staged by Leonid Massine to the music by Dmitry Shostakovich premiered in New York.  

On February 15, 1962, Sergei Vikharevn was born. He is a Soviet and Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet master with the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater and Honored Artist of Russia.   

On February 16, 1943, was the birthday of Sir Anthony Dowell, an English ballet dancer, choreographer, one of the most outstanding dancers of the 20th century. 

On February 18, 1947, Dmitry Bryantsev was born. He was a ballet dancer, choreographer with the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater in Leningrad, chief choreographer of the Moscow Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater.

On February 18, 1949, Marina Leonova, a ballet dancer, soloist with the Bolshoi Theater, ballet teacher, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, was born. Today, Marina Konstantinovna leads the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.

On February 20, 1975, the ballet Ivan the Terrible to the music by Sergei Prokofiev staged by Yuri Grigorovich premiered at the Bolshoi Theater. 

On February 22, 1932, Boris Khokhlov, a Soviet dancer and People's Artist of the RSFSR, was born. From 1951 to 1972, he was an artist with the Bolshoi Ballet Company. 

On February 23, 1910, Alexei Ermolaev, a Soviet ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher, People's Artist of the USSR, was born. For several years he was a soloist with the Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theater, but in 1930 he was invited to the Bolshoi Theater, where he worked until the end of his days. 

On February 23, 1979, Denis Matvienko was born. He is an Associate Professor of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, principal dancer with the Mariinsky Theater and Honored Artist of Ukraine. 

On February 23, 1980, Irina Perren, a prima ballerina with the St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre, laureate of the Golden Soffit Award and Honored Artist of Russia, was born. 

On February 24, John Neumeier, an outstanding choreographer who has headed the Hamburg Ballet for almost half a century, celebrates his birthday. He has a long-standing creative cooperation with Russia. Neumeier’s ballet company has performed on the stages in Moscow and St. Petersburg many times. 

On February 25, 1910, was the birthday of Tatiana Vecheslova, a prima ballerina of the Kirov Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theater, outstanding teacher and representative of the Vecheslov-Kuznetsov theatrical dynasty. 

On February 25, 1947, Jorge Donn, a ballet dancer, soloist and later artistic director of the Ballet of the 20th Century, was born. He is called the favorite dancer of Maurice Béjart, with whom he worked for almost his entire creative life.  

On February 25, 1965, Sylvie Guillem, a French ballerina and one of the greatest dancers in the world, was born. She became the youngest prima ballerina in the history of the Grand Opera and danced triumphantly in London. 

On February 26, 1919, Alla Shelest, a Soviet prima ballerina with the Kirov Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theater, was born. From 1970 to 1973, she was the chief choreographer with the Kuibyshev Theater and staged the ballets Swan Lake and Giselle there. 

On February 26, 1961, Gediminas Taranda, a soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet, actor and Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, was born.  

On February 27, 1984, is the birthday of Denis Savin, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and Honored Artist of Russia. 

On February 28, 1959, Alla Sigalova, a ballet dancer, choreographer, TV presenter, professor, laureate of numerous awards and Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, was born.