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Lynn Garafola

Lynn Garafola is a professor of dance at Barnard College. A dance historian and critic, she is the author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, and the editor of several books, including The Diaries of Marius Petipa; Of, By, and For the People: Dancing on the Left in the 1930s; José Limón: An Unfinished Memoir and The Ballets Russes and Its World. Curator of the New York Historical Society’s exhibition “Dance for a City: Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet” and several smaller shows, she is a former Getty Scholar, a recipient of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and National Endowment for the Humanties, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Editor of the acclaimed book series Studies in Dance History, she has written for Dance Magazine, The Nation, Times Literary Supplement and many other publications.

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Ida Rubinstein

From an early age Ida Rubinstein studied dance and provoked scandal by pushing the boundaries of sexuality and respectability. Although she was a controversial figure, her prolific career in French ballet and as a patron of French music make her a significant pioneer of the early twentieth-century French dance scene.

Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya was one of the legendary ballerinas of her generation. Her aunt and uncle, Sulamif and Asaf Messerer, helped to guide her into the ballet world, despite the persecution they faced during World War II. In 1943 she joined the Bolshoi and remained a principal dancer well into the 1960s.

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