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date: 20 September 2020

Fokine, Michellocked

(23 April 1880–22 August 1942)
  • Dawn Lille Horwitz

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Fokine, Michel (23 April 1880–22 August 1942), ballet dancer and choreographer, was born Mikhail Mikhailovich Fokin in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the son of a well-to-do businessman whose name is unknown and a German-born woman whose maiden name was Kind. Fokine was the youngest of five children, all of whom were exposed to the arts at an early age. He entered the ballet division of the Imperial Theater School in Saint Petersburg in 1889 and took first prize when he graduated in 1898, after studying with Platon Karsavin, Nikolai Volkov, Pavel Gerdt, and Nikolai Legat. He was immediately accepted into the ballet company at the Maryinsky Theater, at a salary and level considerably above that of the corps de ballet. In 1902 he was appointed an instructor in the girls’ department of the Imperial Theater School, the youngest dancer ever asked to be on the faculty. He eventually taught the older girls and in 1908 began teaching the boys. In 1905 he married Vera Petrovna Antonova, a former pupil; they had one child....

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