Alla Sizova

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Alla Sizova (September 22, 1939 – November 23, 2014) was a Russian ballet dancer, best known for her work with the Kirov Ballet. She was the preferred dance partner of Rudolph Nureyev before his defection. Nureyev is rumoured to have said in his later years that Sizova was the only thing that could conceivably entice him back to the Soviet Union. Amongst other roles, Sizova received great acclaim as Princess Aurora in the 1964 Kirov production Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty opposite Yuri Solovyov.[1][2]

Sizova taught for the Universal Ballet Academy until she returned to Russia after her son died.[3]


  1. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. "Premiere Successful". 6 August 1964, p. 5B. Retrieved on 19 May 2013.
  2. ^ Roslyn Sulcas (December 8, 2014). "Alla Sizova, a Star Ballerina With the Kirov, Dies at 75". The New York Times. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Kourlas, Gia (7 July 2009). "Hee Seo: The American Ballet Theatre corps member makes her debut in Romeo and Juliet.". Time Out New York (New York City, United States). Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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