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Konstantin Sergeyev



Konstantin Sergeyev is perhaps most well-known because of his twenty-year
tenure as director of the world famous Kirov Ballet. He began his training
at fourteen with Victor Semyonov at the Leningrad Ballet School in 1924
and graduated in 1928. He joined the Kirov in 1930 and quickly achieved
the position of premiere danseur noble, the highest rank for a male dancer,
and became the partner of the great ballerina Galina Ulanova. His repertoire
as a performer included Vaslav in
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Lucien in Lost Illusions,
the prince in Cinderella, and many more. At the World Premiere
of Romeo and Juliet, by the Kirov Ballet in 1940, Sergeyev appeared
as Romeo opposite Galina Ulanova. As a choreographer, Sergeyev revived
important Petipa ballets for the Kirov including Raymonda, Swan Lake,
The Sleeping Beauty
, and Le Corsaire. He and his wife, former
ballerina Natalia Dudinskaya, staged Boston Ballet’s 1990 production
of Swan Lake. Sergeyev was the director of the Vaganova Academy
until his death in 1992.