"Since dance is a part of that beauty,
I would like to help conserve that
pure unadorned academism..."
Olga Preobrajenska (1870 – 1962) was born in St. Petersburg where she studied at the ImperialBalletSchool, graduating in 1889 to join the Mariinsky Theatre. She was promoted to soloist in 1896 and to prima ballerina four years later in 1900, appearing in over 700 performances throughout her illustrious career. Considered by many to be St. Petersburg's most beloved prima ballerina, Preobrajenska was seen all over the world, making guest appearances in Paris, London and America among others.
In 1914 she began teaching in St Petersburg while still dancing, and in 1921 she left the Soviet Union to teach in Milan, London, Buenos Aires and Berlin, before finally settling in Paris in 1923. For 40 years Preobrajenskawas one of the most famous teachers in Paris – her students over the years included Agrippina Vaganova, Irina Baronova, Igor Youskevitch, Anna Pavlova, and Margot Fonteyn. She retired in 1960 at the age of 90.
Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Founder
Patricia Dokoudovsky, Director