“Marina Semyonova, one of the first great Soviet prima ballerinas who made her debut in the 1920s, has died,” Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre said on Wednesday. “Semyonova began her career at the Kirov ballet, now the Mariinsky, in Saint Petersburg before moving to the Bolshoi in 1930, where she danced until 1952.” - AFP (Moscow)
“A graduate of the St. Petersburg Ballet School and a pupil of the world famous ballet teacher Agrippina Vaganova, Marina Semenova was the first Soviet ballerina to have tremendous success on foreign stages in the 1930s. She worked with the Kirov Ballet – now the Mariinsky Theatre – until 1930 when Stalin had her transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
“She danced all the leading parts in classical ballet repertoire, including Giselle, Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”, Odette-Odile in “Swan Lake”, Raimonda and many more.” - RT Top Stories. Click here to read more.