Nina Vyroubova (June 4, 1921-June 25, 2007) was a Russian-born French ballerina. She is most remembered as a premiere Romantic ballerina. She danced with the likes of Rudolf Nureyev, and worked with Olga Preobrajenska, Vera Trefilova, Lubov Egorova, Rolan Petit, George Balanchine and John Taras.


Vyroubova was born in Gurzuf, Crimea, in what is now Ukraine. She moved to Paris with her mother and grandmother soon after the Bolshevik Revolution and became part of the émigré community there. Some of her early teachers in Parisian studios included Olga Preobrajenska, Vera Trefilova and Lubov Egorova.

Vyroubova made her debut in Caen in 1937, dancing the part of Swanilda in Coppélia. From 1941 to 1944, she appeared in small concerts produced by French critic Irène Lidova and in 1945, she was featured in one of the first performances of Roland Petit's first company, Les Ballets des Champs-Élysées.


Vyroubova continued to perform with Petit's company in the following years. After appearing in Petit's innovative ballets produced by a combination of progressive poets, composers, and designers, Vyroubova appeared in the leading role of Petit's production of La Sylphide. The 19th century ballet had not been performed in decades, and it placed Vyroubova squarely in the role of Paris' leading Romantic ballerina.



Soon, she was invited by Serge Lifar to join the Paris Opera Ballet. She appeared in Romantic and modern ballets alike including "Giselle" and Les Noces Fantastiques.

From 1957 to 1962, she danced with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. With Cuevas, she performed in Sonnambula and many others. In 1961, she danced with Rudolf Nureyev in The Sleeping Beauty.

She toured with several other groups throughout the latter half of her career, including Ballet de Pâques. She taught at Troyes Conservatory in France from 1983 to 1988 and also at her own studio in Paris.

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  • Birthday Date: Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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