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Alexandra Danilova

Alexandra Danilova (dancer, born November 20, 1904, St. Petersburg, Russia; died July 13, 1997) In Alexandra Danilova's own words, "One has to have a talent for teaching--a separate talent, different from the kind that makes a great performer." In a professional career spanning more than 50 years, Danilova has proven herself to be that special combination: both a great dancer and a great teacher. Danilova studied at the Imperial School of Ballet in St. Petersburg (then called Petrograd) and later toured Western Europe with George Balenchine in 1924.