Lidija Franklin

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Lidija Franklin (born May 17, 1917) is a dancer and teacher of Latvian descent, originally from the Moscow area. In the United States, she is known primarily for her association with Agnes de Mille.


Franklin (née Kocers) performed with the Jooss Ballet until the early 1940s, then relocated to the USA and began working in musical theater. She was the female principal dancer in Bloomer Girl (1944) and Maggie Anderson in the original Brigadoon (1947). (Franklin also played Maggie in the 1957 revival.)

As a concert dancer, Franklin toured as a principal with the Agnes de Mille Dance Theatre and made occasional guest appearances with American Ballet Theatre. She also worked with the modern dance choreographer Pauline Koner.[1]

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In the early 1960s, Franklin moved to her husband Gustavo Franklin's native Venezuela, where they established Ballet Arte School in Caracas.


  1. ^ Pauline Koner, Solitary Song (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1989), 159.

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