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November 14, 1991
Deni Lamont, 59, a dancer who performed with the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theater and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Lamont performed with the New York City Ballet in such productions as "Harlequinade," "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Sonnambula." He was a member of the ballet's artistic staff when he died Sunday in New York City of lung cancer.
February 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nathalie Krassovska, 86, a Russian-born ballerina known for such roles as "Giselle" during her 15 years with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Feb. 8 in Dallas of complications of surgery. The daughter and granddaughter of ballerinas, Krassovska was born in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) shortly after the Russian Revolution, but received her training in Paris. She joined Ballet Russe in 1935 and remained until 1950 when she moved to the London Festival Ballet for her final decade of performing.
January 17, 2007 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Ruthanna Boris, an American-born ballerina and choreographer who became a lead dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1940s and choreographed several popular ballets, including "Cakewalk" and "Cirque de Deux," died Jan. 5. She was 88. Boris died of cancer at an assisted living home in El Cerrito, Calif., according to Amanda Vaill, a longtime friend.
February 25, 1986 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Tulsa Ballet Theatre is an authentic mom-and-pop business: an ensemble created 30 years ago by Moscelyne Larkin and Roman Jasinski (of the Original Ballet Russe and Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) that currently features their son and daughter-in-law as principal dancers.
June 24, 1988 | LEWIS SEGAL, Recent releases, reviewed by Times critics
**** "Gaite Parisienne." VAI. $39.95. For 10 years, starting in 1944, Victor Jessen sat in the audience at performances by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, making unauthorized home movies of Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin and Leon Danielian in Leonide Massine's "Gaite Parisienne." Jessen then pieced together his black-and-white shots (each no longer than 30 seconds), synchronizing them to a bootleg recording he made of the company orchestra.
January 13, 1997 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF
Shameless mugging, a dreadful sound system, amateur lighting and costumes ranging from Caesars Palace lames to Santa Claus shearlings were merely part of the hokey "Prazdniki!" package that Ballet Russe of San Francisco presented Saturday night at the sold-out Gindi Auditorium. The dancing and music? Rhythmic dyslexia seemed to punctuate a series of collisions and missteps, indicating that this "Prazdniki" (Russian New Year) was off to an inauspicious start.
Noted Russian American character dancer and teacher Nicholas Orloff died Tuesday in Valley Cottage, N.Y. He was 86. Orloff was born in Moscow in 1914 and studied in Paris with such renowned teachers as Olga Preobrajenska and Victor Gsovsky. Orloff joined the prestigious Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1938 and the rival Original Ballet Russe in 1939, creating the showpiece role of the Drummer Boy in David Lichine's "Graduation Ball" the following year.
April 17, 2007 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
Natalia Clare, an American-born principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and an important Southland ballet teacher and arts advocate, has died. She was 87. The director and choreographer of Ballet La Jeunesse, a prominent Southland trainee company that she founded in 1958 and ran until the late 1980s, Clare died April 8 in Torrance of complications from a series of strokes that began in 2003. She had been active as a guest teacher and arts lecturer through the mid-1990s.
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