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Valentina Pereyaslavec
Birth: Feb. 10, 1907
Death: Jan. 4, 1997

Prima ballerina of the Ukraine. Born February 10, 1907, in Yalta, she was accepted at the age of 9 at the Imperial School of Ballet in Moscow. Upon completing her training and education in 1926, she was engaged by the Kharkiv Ballet and embarked on a 22-year career as prima ballerina in Kharkiv, Kyiv and Odesa. With the outbreak of War, she was sent to work in a factory by the Germans and by the end she was in a camp for displaced people, where she taught children, forming a small dance group, no charge. This group gave numerous performances under the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency. With $11 with her she arrived in the USA and found work in a factory in Philadelphia, cleaning peaches and then packing cigarettes. In 1949 she moved on to New York where she got a teaching position at Tatyana Semyonova's Studio, Carnegie Hall. The in 1951 she was invited to the newly formed American Ballet School to teach, under the direction of Lucila Chase. She taught there for over 30 years. On her diamond jubilee the Ukrainian community honoured her at an event organized her her former students. A very respected teacher. At her 11.30 classes some of the world's greatest dancers attended including; Margot Fonteyn, Carla Fracci, Anton Dolin, Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn and Alicia Alonso. (bio by: Medora) 
 
Burial:
Saint Michaels Cemetery
East Elmhurst
Queens County
New York, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Medora
Record added: Jan 26, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8319740
Valentina Pereyaslavec
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Valentina Pereyaslavec
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To an amazing dancer for a life well lived! RIP
- Lilly
 Added: Apr. 18, 2014

- David Wend
 Added: Feb. 10, 2014

- Tom A. Hawk
 Added: Jan. 4, 2014
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