Anna Scarpova Youskevitch

Urbino, Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, Italy
Death 15 May 1997 (aged 85)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 221668659 View Source
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From the Hartford Courant

YOUSKEVITCH -- Anna (Scarpova) Youskevitch, 85, of New York City, died Thursday (May 15, 1997), in a West Hartford Healthcare Facility. She died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a former Soloist of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was the widow of the legendary premier danceur noble Igor Youskevitch. Born in Urbino, Italy, to aristocratic Russian/Italian parents, she was raised in Imperial Russia and had ties to the court of Tsar Nicholas II, escaping after the Russian revolution, she started ballet in Rome, Italy, and went on to pursue an international, professional career. Mrs. Youskevitch worked with many leading choreographers including: Fokine, Nijinska, Massine, Blanchine, Ashton, Kurt Jooss, Agnes de Mille; and was partnered by many leading male dancers of the day including: Frederic Franklin, Leon Woizikovsky, George Zoritch, Valintin Froman, Thomas Armour and also her husband, Igor, with whom she performed Fokine's: "Le Spectre de la Rose", in concert all over Europe. Beginning her career with the Rome Opera Ballet, she performed with Julia Sedova and continued in Paris with another former Marinsky ballerina, Olga Preobrajenska, and joined the Grand Ballet de Ida Rubinstein, later the Ballet Leon Woizikovsky and many other European Companies, until she came to America as a soloist with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938, and settled in New York City. Her extensive teaching career started after World War II, two Broadway shows, and the birth of her daughter, Maria. For over 50 years she taught at all the major ballet schools in New York City including: The American Ballet Theatre and The Ballet Russe schools. She co-directed the Igor Youskevitch School of Ballet for 18 1/2 years. She was still teaching at the Broadway Dance Center up until two months ago. She is survived by her only child, Maria, the rehearsal assistant and a teacher at the Hartford Ballet. Funeral services will be on Friday, 10 a.m., at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 75 E. 93rd St., (corner of Park Ave.), New York, NY. Burial will be in the East Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clifton, NJ. Memorial donations may be made in her memory, to the new production of "Afternoon of a Faun", with choreography by Kirk Peterson, as part of the Hartford Ballet's "Tribute to Russian Ballet Series", Fire, Ice II, 226 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105. The Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, is serving the family.

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