Karelskaya, Rimma

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Rimma Karelskaya Biography

Notable: Born 1927; Bolshoi Ballet

Rimma Karelskaya was born in Kaluga in 1927. She studied at the Moscow Choreographic School (class of Maria Kozhuhova). She graduated in 1946 and joined the Bolshoi Ballet where she further improved her skills for Marina Semyonova. In 1960 she created the role of the Tsar-Maiden in The Humpbacked Horse (Radunsky version). She retired in 1973 and is now a teacher-repetiteur at the Bolshoi. She is coaching Inna Petrova, Irina Semirechenskaya and Anna Rebetskaya.

Repertoire includes:

  • Winter in Cinderella 1947
  • Queen of Dryads in Don Quixote 1970
  • Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty 1952
  • Odette-Odile in Swan Lake 1953
  • Title role in Raymonda 1955
  • Myrtha in Giselle 1955
  • The Street Dancer in Don Quixote 1956
  • Zarema in Fountain of Bakhchisarai 1957
  • Title role in Laurencia 1957
  • Mazurka in Chopiniana 1959
  • Tsarina of ball in The Bronze Horseman 1959
  • Tsar-maiden in The Humpbacked Horse 1960
  • Title role in Gayan√© 1962
  • Title role in The Firebird 1964


  • People’s Artist of the RSFSR 1962