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Marina Berezowsky 1914 - 2011

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The Sydney National Herald has posted an obituary for Marina Berezowsky.

She was born in St. Petersburg, and through her long life, studied, taught, spent time in a displaced persons camp and emigrated to Australia:

During the German occupation of Ukraine, the company was conscripted to travel entertaining German troops. After the war, the Berezowskys spent four years in a displaced persons camp near Hamburg, before they moved to Perth. There, with Kira Bousloff, she co-created the West Australian Ballet.

In 1956, the family moved to Melbourne, where they befriended Xenia and Edouard Borovansky in the heyday of the Borovansky Ballet. Berezowsky became a talented, intelligent teacher, involved in the development of performers, characters, actors, stagecraft, and choreography.

When the Australian Ballet School opened under Dame Margaret Scott in 1964, Berezowsky, by then aged 50, joined her as one of the original four teachers

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/great-leader-and-teacher-of-dance-20110712-1hc2h.html#ixzz1SBlVFNpj

Her early beginnings were equally fascinating:

Born Marina Narbut in St Petersburg, her family had moved there from Kiev in Ukraine. Her father, Georgij Narbut, was a famed graphic artist, and she was brought up in The World of Art circle of artists including the legendary Serge Diaghilev, Leon Bakst, Alexander Benois and Michel Fokine. She learned painting, drawing and classical ballet at an early age.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/obituaries/great-leader-and-teacher-of-dance-20110712-1hc2h.html#ixzz1SBkYZBnn

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Marina was a rough but kind teacher. With the passing of Marina, a chapter has closed. May she find peace.

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