When Diaghilev died suddenly in 1929, the Ballets Russes was disbanded. Dancers were scattered and left to find other companies, but Danilova, 28 at the time, was considered too old by most companies. She danced with an operetta, Waltzes From Vienna, but only for a year. She was broke and unemployed when Leonide Massine offered her a position with Col. de Basil's Ballet Russe. Soon enough certain theaters wouldn't book the Col. De Basil’s Ballet Russe without Danilova. Then she danced with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1938 until 1945. Danilova guest danced with Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1949 and London Festival Ballet 1951. Later she toured with her own group , “Great Moments of Ballet”, from 1954 to 1956.
Danilova was never good at handling her finances and found herself broke and unemployed again when ran into Balanchine on the streets of
When Danilova was asked to audition for Diaghilev she told him, "If I am good enough for the Maryinsky, then I am good enough for you."
Frederic Franklin was born in
Mia was a famous Croatian-born prima ballerina. A dancer since the age of four, she became the prima ballerina with the Zagreb Opera. Mia Slavenska was born in what was
She studied in
For many years Mia danced with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She moved to