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Legendary ballerina Makarova honored in NYC

May 1, 2012 • Entertainment


In this April 28, 2012 image released by Jonathan Marder + Company, legendary Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova appears at a tribute to her career at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York. Dancers from around the world performed at the tribute, which was put on by the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. (AP Photo/Jonathan Marder + Company, Liza Voll)

NEW YORK (AP) — When people think of famous Soviet dancers who defected to the West, they recall Rudolf Nureyev, certainly, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. But there was also a formidable woman among them: Natalia Makarova, who defected in 1970 and went on to win glory for decades to come, in Europe and in the United States.

Now 71, Makarova is retired of course, but she was the undisputed star over the weekend at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater as ballet greats gathered to pay her tribute. It was part of a rare and wonderful dance weekend courtesy of the Youth America Grand Prix, a global ballet scholarship competition.

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