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Balanchine and the Lost MuseRevolution and the Making of a Choreographer$
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Elizabeth Kendall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199959341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959341.001.0001

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Theater School: Girls

Theater School: Girls

(p.69) Five Theater School: Girls
Balanchine and the Lost Muse

Elizabeth Kendall

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Lidochka's experiences at the Imperial Theater School. For Lidochka, the regulated life at school may have been a welcome change. In return for leaving a small, obsessive family, she found a new circle of friends, rivals, and role models. Her air of quiet certainty impressed the others, even older ones who guarded their hard-earned places in this miniature society. The chapter also describes the girls' activities, classes, teachers, and caretakers; the importance of dance in St. Petersburg's culture; and the impact of the war.

Keywords:   Lidia Ivanova, Imperial Theater School, boarding school, dance, St. Petersburg

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