Ballerina and Soviet Professor, born in Petersburgo on December 1, 1850 and died in Leningrad on August 2, 1925. He studied at the school of the Teatro Imperial of St. Petersburg Christian Johansson, Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa, where he graduated in 1868. That same year debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre of Saint Petersburgo and left the stage to marry in 1871. Three years later he returned as a prima ballerina and in 1886 withdrew definitively. He premiered many of the ballets of Petipa, among them: Amur Blagodetel' (1868), especially choreographed for her graduation, the adventures of Peleus and Thetis (1876), dream of a summer night (1876), Roxana, or beauty of Montenegro (1878), Pygmalion (1883) and the magic pills (1886). She was Professor of advanced kinds of the Marinsky Theatre between 1902 and 1904, and Repeater at Gosudarstvenny Akademichesky Teatr Oper between 1920 and 1923. Vera Trefilova , Anna Pavlova , and Mathilda Kschesinskawere some of his students.