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Galina Wassiliewa’s ballet school

Galina Wassiliewa’s ballet school

Galina and Wassili Wassiliew came to New Zealand as displaced persons after the Second World War. They married in Wellington in 1951, and in 1953 founded a school of Russian classical ballet in the city. Performances of the Galina Wassiliewa School gave many New Zealanders their first taste of ballet in the 1950s and 1960s. Galina, from Lithuania, is shown here (third from right) with some of her New Zealand students.

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John Wilson, 'Russians, Ukrainians and Baltic peoples - Ukrainians and Baltic peoples', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/795/galina-wassiliewas-ballet-school (accessed 20 October 2019)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015