Dancer for the Bolshoi company and tireless ballet coach who was still at the barre at 95. From The Times
SULAMITH MESSERER was already past 70 when she settled in London, and might understandably have felt like resting after a lifetime devoted as ballerina and as teacher to the development of the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. But she went on to nearly another quarter of a century teaching in Britain and abroad.
The Messerer family made a major contribution to Russian theatre in the 20th century. Sulamith’s older brother Asaf (1903-92) was especially distinguished. A pupil of Mikhail Mordkin (who had starred with both Diaghilev and Pavlova), he was for three decades a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and became their chief teacher, as well as an occasional choreographer. click for more