Hilda Butsova (née Boot)(1897-1976), Dancer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Butsova was born Hilda Boot in Nottingham. She studied at Stedman's Dancing Academy and appeared as première danseuse with fellow students in two ballets, Les Poupées and Les Saisons d'Amour at the Court Theatre in 1912. She received further training from Volinine and Cecchetti and was selected to appear with the Imperial Russian Ballet company during its 1911 season at Covent Garden. The following year she joined Anna Pavlova's company and became her understudy. Eventually she was appointed ballerina and she remained with the company until her marriage in 1926.
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