The Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova (born 1910) was hailed as one of the greatest dancers of all time. She won international recognition for her lyricism and purity of technique and for her powerfully dramatic performances.
Ulanova was a member of the Kirov Ballet for 16 years. In 1944 she moved permanently to Moscow to join the Bolshoi Ballet Company.
Ulanova took an active role throughout her life in speaking out for dance, in writing about it, and as an authority on juries of international ballet competitions. She served on important international dance and artistic committees.
In 1959 she became ballet mistress of the Bolshoi and coached Ekaterina Maximova