Tatiana Leskova was born of Russian
emigre parents in Paris, where she studied
with Lubov Egorova and other former Imperial
Russian ballerinas. She joined the Ballet
de la Jeunesse prior to being chosen,
at the age of sixteen, to join Colonel
de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo.
Leskova toured to Australia with de
Basil's Original Ballet Russe in 1938.
She remained with the company following
this tour, travelling to South America
and settling in Brazil in 1945. In 1950
she joined Rio de Janiero's Teatro Municipal,
going on to become a principal dancer,
ballet mistress, and finally artistic
director with Jorge Garcia of this company.
During this time she began working with
Leonide Massine and restaged his first
In her ongoing freelance career, Leskova
has continued to revive signature works
by Massine created for the Ballets Russes.
Choreartium for Birmingham
Royal Ballet in 1991, and
Les Presages for the Paris
Opera Ballet in 1989, for the Joffrey
Ballet in 1994, and for the Australian
Ballet in 2007.