11 Facts About Alexandra Danilova


Aleksandra Dionisyevna Danilova was a Russian-born prima ballerina, who became an American citizen.


Alexandra Danilova was one of the few Russian-trained ballerinas to tour outside Russia.


Alexandra Danilova toured for years with the Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev, then with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo after Diaghilev's death.


Alexandra Danilova became known for her glamour and beautiful legs, as well as her work ethic and professionalism.


Alexandra Danilova made her Broadway debut in 1944's Song of Norway; her last ballet performance was in 1957.


Alexandra Danilova appeared in a single scene, a dance with the show's star, Tony Randall.


Alexandra Danilova was in financial straits when she came across Balanchine on the street in 1964.

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Alexandra Danilova was assisted by Danilova, who had performed the title role many times during her dancing career.


Alexandra Danilova had a small, but nostalgically delightful, role in the 1977 movie The Turning Point as a ballet coach for upcoming ballerinas.


Alexandra Danilova had a long intimate relationship with Balanchine after his divorce from Tamara Geva, from 1926 to 1933, but they never married.


Alexandra Danilova, who became an American citizen in 1946, was twice married, to Giuseppe Massera in 1934 and to Casimir Kokitch in 1941.