| Alexandra Danilova
She was known to friends by the nickname Choura. Alexandra was a Russian-American
contemporary ballerina who entered the Imperial Ballet School
in Petrograd in 1923 and graduated the school at the Maryinsky
theater and later advanced as a soloist.
She became a member of
Diaghilev's Ballet Russe (1924-1929) along with Geva and Ballanchine
and toured western europe and by 1927 was promoted to Ballerina.
Danilova and Balanchine lived together in the U.S. as husband
and wife, though they were never legally married ( Balanchine
was still officially married to another dancer, Tamara Geva.)
She became a prima ballerina of the
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo between 1938 and 1958. By March 12,
1946, in America she would dance the title role in the "Ballet
Russe de Monte Carlo" at the New York City