Egorova, Lubov

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Lubov Egorova Biography

Notable: 1880 – 1972; Mariinsky Ballet

Lubov Egorova was born in St Petersburg in 1880. She studied at Imperial Theatre School in St Petersburg for Enrico Cecchetti, Ekaterina Vazem and Anna Johansson. Graduated 1898 and started out as a coryphée in the Imperial Ballet. She was a lyrical dancer, her style was characterized by softness and cantilena more than the virtuosity style then popular. Promoted to ballerina in 1914. She gave her farewell performance at the Mariinsky Theatre 22 January 1917 in Swan Lake. Then in 1921 she danced Aurora in Diaghilev’s famous Sleeping Princess production in London. She was a influential teacher in Paris 1923-1968, among her pupils where Serge Lifar and Anton Dolin.

Her most important roles were the title role in Petipa’s Blue Dahlia 1905, Myrtha in Giselle 1907, the title role in Raymonda 1910, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty 1911, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake 1913 and title role in Giselle 1914. She also danced Kitri in Don Quixote, the title role in Laurencia and Auspicia in Pharao’s Daughter.