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Nadia Nerina (1927-2008), Ballerina

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Nerina trained at the Rambert and Sadler's Wells Ballet Schools before joining the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet in 1946. She transferred to Covent Garden a year later and became a principal in 1952. Admired for her technique and high jump, she danced the whole classical repertory. She created the roles of the Circus Dancer in Andrée Howard's Mardi Gras (1946), Fairy Spring in Cinderella (1948) and, most famously, Lise in Ashton's La Fille mal gardée (1960). In 1960 she performed as a guest artist with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets in the former Soviet Union. She retired from dancing in 1969.

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Nadia Nerina

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, March 1966
NPG x14156