Posted 28 September 2011 - 01:23 PM
Tatiana Nikolievna Akinfieva Smith, 92, died Sept. 15 in Dover, DE. She had worked as a ballet instructor/choreographer/ artistic director for Ballet Met (Ohio), Delaware Regional Ballet, Eastern Shore Ballet Theater, and Diamond Dance Company and was associate director of Christopher Ballet Company in Columbus, Ohio. She also taught for Marion Tracey Dance Studio (DE), Salisbury Studio of Dance (MD), Diamond Dance Studio (MD), A Dance Class (MD), First State Academy of Dance (DE), and a host of other schools in Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio. Tatiana served as guest faculty at North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a soloist of the National Opera Theater in Yugoslavia where she performed for King Alexander. Tatiana retired in 2006 after a lifetime of dedication to dance.