Violetta Elvin, who as a youthful Soviet ballerina introduced her Bolshoi education and amazing glamour to Britain’s Royal Ballet, died on May possibly 27 at her residence in Vico Equense, on Southern Italy’s Sorrento peninsula. She was 97.
Her dying was claimed by her son and only rapid survivor, Antonio Savarese.
When Ms. Elvin joined the Royal Ballet (then identified as the Sadler’s Wells Ballet) in London in 1945, there was no doubt — as there would be no question for the up coming 20 several years — who the troupe’s major ballerina was: Margot Fonteyn.
Ninette de Valois, the company’s founder and inventive director, was intent on producing an worldwide star, and her casting policies brazenly favored Ms. Fonteyn. Nonetheless a constellation of emerging ballerinas was also getting to be noticeable in the organization, and Ms. Elvin stood out amongst them.
In 2008, she was remembered in the British magazine Dancing Instances as a “glorious and glamorous” dancer.