Oleg Briansky, Star Dancer Turned Star Instructor, Is Lifeless at 91

Changing his phase identify to Briansky, he joined Roland Petit’s Les Ballets des Champs-Élysées in 1946. There he fulfilled Mireille Lefebvre, a Paris-born graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet school who had now been a principal dancer in the Bordeaux Ballet. She was even now acknowledged as Lefebvre when she and Mr. Briansky done in New York in 1951 with Petit’s new troupe, Les Ballets de Paris. She turned identified as Mireille Briane after they joined Festival Ballet in London, where by they married in 1953.

“Happy to Be So,” a 2008 documentary by the Russian-born American filmmaker Yelena Demikovsky that was a strike at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Digicam Festival, explores why the Brianskys settled in the United States in 1963. “We turned teachers,” he says in the documentary, due to the fact he had never completely recovered from a knee damage when he was 19: “I danced on a bad knee and it caught up with me. I experienced to cease dancing.”

Mr. Briansky impressed Princess Grace of Monaco, whom he fulfilled as dance adviser to “The Youngsters of Theater Street,” a 1977 documentary about the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, of which she was a narrator. In 1979 she was the visitor of honor at a fund-increasing gain for the scholarship fund of the Briansky Centre in Saratoga Springs — “because,” she informed The New York Moments, “Oleg is a close friend of mine and I’m a friend of the ballet.”

Although his occupation modify was not prepared, Mr. Briansky’s true legacy could well be as a instructor. For numerous decades he and his spouse taught at other educational facilities, at times as visitor instructors exterior New York Metropolis and overseas. From 1994 to 2006 they have been inventive directors of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and its school in Bethlehem, Pa. In the Demikovsky movie, he is shown achieving out to the young children in a class there with gentle humor, inquiring them to try to remember which is their correct foot and which is their left.

Ellen Weinstein, who is now artistic director of the National Dance Institute, founded by Jacques d’Amboise, recalled in a mobile phone job interview that Mr. Briansky was her to start with ballet trainer, when he taught a weekly course in Binghamton, N.Y.

“Even as baby, I knew I was in the organization of greatness,” she reported. “Oleg taught with joyful rigor.”

She later on attended the couple’s summertime university in Saratoga Springs. Noting that she now heads a dance plan that teaches youngsters, she included: “Oleg and Mireille had a motivation to excellence that was supportive and loving. Oleg experienced an impact on the class I took.”