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Maya Plisetskaya ballet artist (20 November 1925 - 2 May 2015)

Honorary associate professor of the Hungarian Dance Academy, Maya Plisetskaya was born in a prominent artist family in Moscow. She studied ballet from age nine and first performed at the Bolshoi Theatre when she was eleven She entered the Bolshoi in 1943, and danced there until 1990. Her extraordinary dance art was acknowledged not only in her home country, but also in a number of countries outside the Soviet Union and Russia she was honoured by awards (eg. Lithuania, Poland, France, Spain, Japan).  Among her most acclaimed roles was Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Carmen from Carmen Suit the music of which was composed by Plisetskaya’s husband Rodion Shchedrin. During her career she worked with choreographers such as Yury Grigorovich, Alberto Alonso, Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart.

Elvira Kokorina ballet artist, dance pedagogue (18 September 1932 - 2 May 2015)

One of the last pupils of Agrippina Vaganova has been honorary associate professor of the Hungarian Dance Academy since 2013. She had taught for a longer period at the academy and returned from time to time as exam committee member. She graduated from the Leningrad State Choreographic Academy and was accepted to the ballet of Kirov Theatre where she could dance the most world-reknown solos of classical ballet (Sleeping Beauty, The Swan Lake, The Stone Flower etc.). From 1974 on, over 40 years she taught classical ballet at the Vaganova Academy, where she was head of the Methodology Department from 1992. She was an excellent artist and devoted pedagogue, who passed on her knowledge in ballet school apprentices in many countries of the world (Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Ireland). Her work had been honoured with several awards.

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