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Vera Volkova: A Biography

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Vera Volkova was central to the European ballet world for almost four decades as advisor, friend &, above all, teacher to iconic figures from dancers Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn & Rudolf Nureyev to choreographers Sir Frederick Ashton & John Neumeier. This book tells her story.
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Dance (first published June 1st 2007)
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Recommended by the dance critic at the LA Times...(who was forced to take the buyout after working there for 30 years).

Separated from her family after she emigrated from Russia in the 20s, there is something about Vera's life that seems acutely lonely. After she left Russia, she never saw her mother and sister again, and entered a marriage of convenience.

Yes, she trained Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn and even Rudolf Nureyev. But she also seems to be plagued by crazy artistic directors and rarely r
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