I'm curious about the shot of Legat. Does this have something to do with being named a People's Artist? She looks more like a Party apparatchik than a ballerina. Also: what is the significance of the pin (or medal) she is wearing on her lapel?
Tatiana Legat born 8th April 1934 was a pupil of Yelena Shiripina and was an outstanding classical and demi-caractere senior soloist.
She was never a ballerina in the proper sense of the word although she danced Gamzatti in Bayaderka , Kitri and Street dancer in Don Quixote, Zarema in The Fountains of Bakhchiserai and apparently
also danced Maria in the same ballet.
In 1962, Madame Legat was awarded the title of Merited Artist of RSFSR not to be confused with a People’s Artist of the USSR and I would suggest that she is perhaps wearing the badge
because it is probably an ‘official’ photo’. Such photographs with awards being worn were I suggest, for home consumption as they were never seen wearing them in the west as far as I know.
She was married to Yuri Soloviev and they had a daughter Yelena.
Madame Legat has an excellent reputation as a teacher and the outstanding dancer Sarah Lamb speaks highly of her time spent studying with her.