Irina Baronova

Ballerina + Dancer
Born Mar 13, 1919
Hometown Russian Empire
Died Jun 28, 2008
Death Place Byron Bay, New So...

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 Baronova was born in Saint Petersburg (then known as Petrograd) in 1919, the daughter of a lieutenant in the Imperial Navy, Mikhail Baronov, and his wife Lidia (née Vishniakova). … Read More
1928 9 Years Old The family moved to Paris in 1928 to provide Irina with professional training, where she was taught by Olga Preobrajenska. … Read More


1930 11 Years Old Baronova made her debut aged 11 at the Paris Opera in 1930, and in 1932 George Balanchine took her into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. … Read More


1940 21 Years Old Between 1940 and 1951, Baronova appeared in several films, including Ealing Studios Train of Events (1949) and worked as ballet mistress for the 1980 film Nijinsky.
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 Baronova and Tennant had three children, Victoria, Irina and Robert. Through Victoria, she became the mother-in-law of Steve Martin. 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 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.
2005 86 Years Old Baronova appeared in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes. … 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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