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Stage Name

Birth Name

Alexandra Danilova n/a

    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

Center of Music and Drama.

    At one time she was the only Ballerina educated at the Imperial School of Ballet outside of Russia. Toured with her own company, Alexandra was both a dance lecturer and choreographer following her retirement.

Birth Place

Birth Date



Petrohof, Russia 11/201903-7/15/1997 Balanchine n/a

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Ballet Frederic Franklin n/a



Ballets / Stage

Boutique Fantasque Alhambra Theater 1933 - Col. Basil's Ballet Russe
Coppelia Center Theater 1944 - Song Of Norway
Gaite Parisienne Maryinsky Theater 1946 - Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Le Beau Danube            
Les Sylphides            
Swan Lake            
Danses Concertantes            




1941 - Capriccio Espagnol n/a Choura - The Memoirs of Alexandra Danilova


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