Natalia Romanovna Makarova is a Russian prima ballerina and choreographer.
10 Facts About Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova was a permanent member of the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad from 1956 to 1970, achieving prima ballerina status during the 1960s.
Natalia Makarova defected to the West on 4 September 1970, while on tour with the Kirov in London.
When she first arrived in the West, Natalia Makarova was eager to expand her choreography by dancing ballets by modern choreographers.
Natalia Makarova was featured in the 1976 live American Ballet Theatre production of Swan Lake, simulcast from Lincoln Center on both PBS and NPR.
Natalia Makarova continued to excel in many different roles, most notably, her title role in Giselle.
Natalia Makarova retired from dancing due to accumulating injuries, especially to her knees.
Natalia Makarova won a Tony Award, as well as numerous other stage awards for her performances in the Broadway revival of On Your Toes.
Natalia Makarova played Lydia Lopokova in Wooing in Absence, compiled by Patrick Garland.
In 1976, Natalia Makarova married industrialist Edward Karkar, and together they had a son, Andrei.