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Rimma Karelskaya

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It is sad to learn that Rimma Karelskaya(Born April 16,1927), a leading ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet has died aged 88 on the 25th September 2014, after a long illness.

Karelskaya graduated in 1946 from the class of M.A.Kozhukova and her late mentor was Marina Semyonova.

Among her leading roles were:-

1952 – The Lilac Fairy, 1953 -”Odette/Odile”, 1955 “Raymonda”,1957 “Zarema” -The Fountains oif Bakhchiserai, 1957 Laurencia”, 1962 Created the role of the “Tsar Maiden” in The Little Humpbacked Horse,”1962, “Gayane”, 1964 “The Firebird.”

People's Artist of the RSFSR 1962.

As a teacher, her most distinguished pupil was the late Natalia Bessmertnova( who had earlier studied with

Maria Kozhukova.)

***For those interested I have just found an interview in Russian with Karelskaya.

see: http://www.ruclip.com/video/OZLqmsWmXzo/rimma-karelskaya-bolshoi-ballet-22.html

Edited by leonid17
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