Posted 17 May 2002 - 09:29 PM
I'm not sure if it's what your book is talking about, but in general the words "baby ballerinas" refer to three female dancers, Irina Baronova, Tatiana Riabouchinska and Tamara Toumanova, all of them born around 1916-1919, and who started their careers very early with the Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo in the early 1930s (Toumanova was only 13 when she created her first big roles). They created several ballets by Leonide Massine, George Balanchine, Bronislava Nijinska, Michel Fokine, David Lichine... I think that one of them (Baronova or Riabouchinska) is still alive, but am not sure. Among them Toumanova had the longest and richest career, dancing with several companies, creating important works such as Balanchine's "Palais de Cristal" in 1947 with the Paris Opera Ballet (which is basically the same as "Symphony in C"), and also appearing in several movies.