Igor Youskevitch was born in the village of Pyriatin, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine. He graduated from the Russian-Serbian high school in 1930, and attended
In 1934 Igor joined Bronislava Nijinska's “Les Ballets de Paris”, and in 1935 he became a member of Leon Woicikowsky's Ballet Russe Company. Col. de Basil sponsored Woicikowsky's tour of
In 1946 he joined Leonide Massine's Ballet Russe Highlights, and that fall he became a premier American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York. In the late 40s, he began to partner with Alicia Alonso, with whom he had his greatest renown. He appeared in films and on television. Igor remained with American Ballet Theatre until 1955 when he returned to star for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In 1960 he rejoined Ballet Theatre as guest artist on their first visit to the
Igor retired from the stage in 1962, but never from dance. Igor was head of the dance department at the University of Texas, Austin from 1971 to 1982. In 1983, he founded the New York International Ballet Competition and he remained its Artistic Director until his death in June of 1994.
Igor was married to Anna Scarpova, fellow Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer. Anna, born Anna Scarpa, was the daughter of a Russian mother and an Italian father. Anna was born in Urbino, Italy. But following the balletic fashion of the time, she Russianized her surname. She studied ballet in Rome and Paris and toured Australia and Western Europe, from 1936 to '38, with a group directed by Leon Woizikovsky. In 1938, Anna Scarpova and Igor were married and she remained with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo until 1944. Anna danced on Broadway in the musical comedies ''Sadie Thompson'' (1944) and ''Marinka'' (1945) and then left the dance world to care for her daughter.
In later years, Anna taught at the Ballet Theater School, the Ballet Russe School, the New York Conservatory of Dance and other New York schools. At the time of her death, in 1997, she was teaching at the Broadway Dance Center.
Igor and Anna's daughter, Maria Youskevitch, was also a dancer. She was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre and danced with Maryland Ballet. She currently teaches at American Repertory Ballet's Princeton Ballet School.
David's real name was David Liechtenstein. He was born in Rostov-on-Don, U.S.S.R., and he studied dance in
David Lichine danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1932 to 1945. He danced roles in George Balanchine's Cotillion and Le Bourgeois, Leonide Massine's Jeux d'enfants, Le beau
Lichine started choreographing in 1933. His wife was Tatiana Riabouchinska, whom he was partnered with in most of his ballets. Tatiana was one of the three original "Baby Ballerinas". Together, Riabouchinska and Lichine had one daughter, Tanica Lichine. His many ballets included Francesca in 1937, Prodigal Son in 1938 and Graduation Ball in 1940.
Lichine and Tatiana Riabouchinska joined Ballet Theatre, now ABT, in 1941. When Mikhail Fokine died in 1942, Lichine finished his ballet Helen of Troy. In 1943, Lichine and Riabouchinska moved to
Nathalia Krassovska was born Natasha Leslie in Petrograd (Lennigrad), Russia in 1918. Her grandmother was a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and her mother, Lydia Krassovska, was a dancer with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. She began her ballet training with Diaghilev dancer Olga Preobrajenska and dancer/choreographer Bronislava Nijinska.
Nathalia danced with Ida Rubinstein's Company at the Paris Opera, Nijinska's Ballet Russe in 1932 and Les Ballets 1933. After Les Ballets, Krassovska partnered with Serge Lifar on a tour in
Nathalia Krassovska danced with the London Festival Ballet from 1950 to 1960, and later moved the
Eglevsky was born in
In 1937, he came to America and became premier danseur of Balanchine's American Ballet, performing at Radio City Music Hall and on Broadway. In 1939, he joined Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was the star of the American Ballet Theatre until 1946. He also danced as a guest star with Léonide Massine's Ballet Russe Highlights in 1944 and 1945. He became premier danseur of the Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo in 1947 touring the states. For the following four years he danced with the Ballet Theatre now ABT.
In 1946, Eglevsky rejoined Col. de Basil, now director of the Original Ballet Russe, and a year later became premier danseur of Marquis George de Cuevas' Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo. From 1951 to 1958 he was a principal with the New York City Ballet. Upon his retirement in 1958, Eglevsky and his wife established a school and small performing group in Massapequa, N.Y., in 1961, which grew into the Eglevsky Ballet Company that survived him. The Eglevsky Ballet is currently engaged in an exciting transformation under its' current acting director, Marina Eglevsky.
Anatole was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and studied at the
After the Russian Revolution, in 1920 he left the
Betty Low, performed with the Colonel de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo as Ludmila Lvova. She danced with the Colonel W. de Basil's Ballets Russes and the Sergei Denham-Leonide Massine Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the years 1936-43, appearing in solo roles in Massine's Scuola di Ballo and Symphonie Fantastique.
She performed with the Russian ballet companies under the stage name Ludmila Lvova, which she received from the choreographer Leonid Massine. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, she left Canada at an early age to accept two scholarships in London, one for dance with Nicholas Legat, the other for drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She also studied ballet in Paris with Mathilde Kschessinska.
Following her Ballets Russes years, she joined the Broadway cast of Bloomer Girl at the invitation of Agnes de Mille, the show's choreographer. Subsequently, Ms. Low concentrated on acting assignments. She appeared as Octavia in the 1947 Broadway production of Antony and Cleopatra, starring Katherine Cornell, and in many other Broaway shows, working with Eva LeGallienne in The Royal Family, Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas in Juno, and Rex Harrison in The Kingfisher and Aren't We All? She last appeared on Broadway in My Old Lady by Israel Horovitz. She has acted in commercials and in "all the soaps" and can be seen on TV in re-runs of Law and Order.