Irina Baronova

Born Mar 13, 1919

Irina Mikhailovna Baronova FRAD was a Russian ballerina who was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. She created roles in Léonide Massine's Le Beau Danube (1924), Jeux d'enfants (1932), and Les Présages (1933); and in Bronislava Nijinska's Les Cent Baisers (1935).… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on March 13, 1919.
1927 8 Years Old Irina’s mother, who loved the ballet and often attended the theater in St. Petersburg, found a ballet teacher in Bucharest for Irina. In 1927, at the age of seven, Irina began taking her first ballet lessons. … Read More


1930 11 Years Old Baronova made her debut aged 11 at the Paris Opera in 1930.
1932 13 Years Old The crucial point in Baronova's career came in 1932, just a few months short of her thirteenth birthday. … Read More
1937 18 Years Old On tour in Barcelona in 1937, she bought Miky a friend, whom she named Piki. … Read More


1946 27 Years Old Her marriage to Sevastianov ended in divorce, and in Britain in 1946 she met the agent Cecil Tennant, who asked her to marry him if she would give up ballet. … Read More


1967 48 Years Old In 1967, Cecil Tennant was killed in a car accident, and Baronova moved to Switzerland. … Read More


1976 57 Years Old She returned to teaching master classes in the United States and United Kingdom in 1976. … Read More


1986 67 Years Old In 1986 she staged Fokine's Les Sylphides for The Australian Ballet.
1992 73 Years Old In 1992 she returned to Russia to help the Mariinsky Theatre with an archival project.
1996 77 Years Old In 1996 she received a Vaslav Nijinsky Medal from Poland and an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
2000 81 Years Old Baronova's daughter Irina moved to Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, and, after visiting her in 2000, Baronova decided to settle there as well. … Read More
2008 89 Years Old Only five weeks before her death, she spoke at a symposium in Adelaide, South Australia, on the Ballets Russes tours of Australia. She died in Byron Bay on June 28, 2008, aged 89.
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