Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Training: Il Balleto, The HARID Conservatory
Other Companies: Los Angeles Ballet, Estonian National Ballet
created many original roles in St. Petersburg where she was the last of a long line of Italian étoiles to appear at the Maryinsky Theater. It was her dazzling triumph in the role of “Electricity” in the extravagant Excelsior in her native Milan which brought her fame. However, no less electrifying was the line up of perfectly trained elephants, performing like the present day Rockettes. Unfortunately, Mlle. Youbetyabootskaya’s jealous scenes over the publicity given to these elephants, and their ensuing popularity with the public, caused numerous problems. She subsequently refused to appear again in this role.
The Legupski Brothers - Araf, Dmitri, Marat, Sergey, and Timur- are not really brothers, nor are their names really Araf, Dmitri, Marat, Sergey, or Timur, nor are they real Russians, nor can they tell the difference between a pirouette and a jeté... but... well... they do move about rather nicely... and... they fit into the costumes.