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Alexandra

Oleg Tupine has died

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This just in from a colleague:

Oleg Tupine, former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo principal, ballet Master at the National Ballet and most recently, director of Virginia BBallet passed away this Sunday at his home in Falls Church, VA.

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I am sure I saw him dance with Ballet Russe - for some reason, a ballet using one of the Chopin concertos comes to mind. I am glad that he lived so long. I hope his life was happy and fulfilling.

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In one of the very few Ballet Russe programs I still have, there is one from April 28, 1950 of a performance of 'Paquita' with Danilova and Tupine. He was a fine dancer of elegance and sensitivity. (FYI the rest of the program was 'Giselle' with Chauvire and Franklin; a ballet called 'Birthday' by Tatiana Chamie, a former Diaghilev dancer and teacher in NY at the time with Mary Ellen Moylan and Tupine--you certainly got your money's worth in those days!)

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Sadly, I have never had the opportunity to see Oleg Tupine dance. However, my 13 yr. old son and I were very priviledged to have met him shortly before his death. He showed my son his great love of music and offered words of encouragement in spite of his being quite ill at the time.

We will remember him in our prayers.

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