Rudolf Nureyev

Famous Russian Ballet Dancer. By Olivia.C

Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev was born March 17, 1938. After graduating from the Leningrad Ballet School, he became a soloist with the Kirov Ballet. In 1961, he made his London debut at Margot Fonteyn's yearly gala for the Royal Academy of Dancing. Rudolf nureyev died on January 6, 1993 in Paris.Ballet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev was born, the youngest child and only son to a peasant family of Tartar heritage, on March 17, 1938, in Irkutsk, Russia. At the age of 11, Nureyev started ballet classes under Anna Udeltsova. A year and a half later, he moved on to teacher Elena Vaitovich.Nureyev started dancing professionally as an extra at the local opera when he was 15. When Nureyev turned 17, he got into the Leningrad Ballet School, where Alexander Pushkin became his teacher. Concurrent with his success as a dancer, Nureyev took his first stab at choreography in 1964 with revised versions of Swan Lake.

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