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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959341.003.0005

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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