Laurent Novikoff

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Anna Pavlova and Novikoff in 1911

Laurent Novikoff (1888 – June 18, 1956) or Laurent Novikov, was a Russian ballet dancer who became a citizen of the United States in 1939.[1]


He graduated from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet School in 1906. He danced with Diaghilev in 1909 and again in 1919–1921; and Pavlova's company from 1911–1914 and again in 1921–1928.[2] He became the ballet master at the Chicago Opera, from 1929–1933,[3][4] He danced at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1941-1945.[1]

He opened up a ballet school in New Buffalo, Michigan, and died there in 1956.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Novikoff Is Dead. Pavlova Partner. Dancer, Ballet Master and Teacher Served at 'Met'. Had School in Chicago". New York Times. June 29, 1956. Retrieved 2013-02-18. Laurent Novikoff, Russian dancer, ballet master and teacher, died June 18 of a heart attack at his home in New Buffalo, Mich. He was 68 years old. ... 
  2. ^ "Laurent Novikoff (1888-1956)". Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  3. ^ Sowell, Debra Hickenlooper (1998). The Christensen Brothers: An American Dance Epic. Psychology Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-90-5755-029-4. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Harold George Scott (1975). Lelia: The Compleat Ballerina. But even more important, the balletmaster in Chicago was Laurent Novikoff, who had been Anna Pavlova's partner ... 

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