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Lydia Sokolova

Sokolova, Lydia (sōkəlōˈvə) [key], 1896–1974, English ballerina, b. Wanstead, as Hilda Munnings. Trained at Stedman's Academy in London, Sokolova joined the Diaghilev Ballets Russes in 1913 and became the company's principal character dancer until it disbanded in 1929. She then retired to teach and coach in England.

See her memoirs, Dancing for Diaghilev (1961).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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