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Mia Slavenska (1916–2002)

American ballerina of Yugoslavian extraction who appeared rarely on film. A dancer since the age of five, she became the prima ballerina with the Zagreb Opera. After appearing in Jean Benoit-Levy's film La mort du cygne (1937) and promoting it in the U.S., she remained there as a teacher and dancer. She formed the Slavenksa Ballette Variante and, ... See full bio »

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Known For

La mort du cygne
La mort du cygne Nathalie Karine
Nuits de feu
Nuits de feu Ballerina
Mia, a Dancer's Journey
Ballets Russes
Ballets Russes Herself


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 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
 1955 The Great Waltz (TV Movie)
 1937 La mort du cygne
Nathalie Karine (as Mia Slavenska danseuse étoile du Théâtre National de Yougoslavie)
 1937 Nuits de feu
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 2014 Mia, a Dancer's Journey (TV Movie documentary)
 2005 Ballets Russes (Documentary)
 1960 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series)
Herself - Ballerina
- Concert Hall (1960) ... Herself - Ballerina

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She performed in the ballet, "Ballet Variante," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Frederic Franklin, Alexandria Danilova and Nicholas Orloff in the cast.

Alternate Names:

Mia Corak Slavenska | Mia Slavenska danseuse étoile du Théâtre National de Yougoslavie

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American soccer star Mia Hamm is named after Mia Slavenska. While she was born Mariel Margaret Hamm, she was nicknamed Mia by her mother after her ballerina mentor, Mia Slavenska. See more »

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