Obituary pics of Tatiana Stepanova, French – American prima ballerina, 1924 – 21 December 2009

Born in a Red Cross refugee camp in France, Tatiana rose from humble beginnings to become a Prima Ballerina for one of the famed Ballets Russes. At the age of 15, she was selected to join Colonel de Basil’s Original Ballet Russe, initiating her life as a professional dancer. Performing major roles including Swan Lake, La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty and Firebird, she became a star ballerina during the War years. In 1946, she retired and married George Peabody Gardner. After retirement, Tania stayed connected to the ballet world as a teacher and volunteer.

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