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       Hilda Tansley Munnings

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Pseudonym:
       Lydia Sokolova

Ballet dancer Hilda Tansley Munnings (1896–1974) found it helpful to her career to assume a foreign-sounding name, a Russian one, Lydia Sokolova. Munnings was a British dancer. She studied at Stedman's Academy London, and later with Pavlova, Mordkin, Clustine, and Cecchetti. She toured with Mordkin's company in and danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. She was among the first English dancers to perform for Diaghilev and it was he who chose her Russian name saying: ‘I hope you will live up to the name of Sokolova as it is that of a great dancer in Russia.’
       For years she danced with Massine's company and with her husband, Nicholas Kremnev. She was a lively and dramatic dancer rather than a classical technician and created roles in many Massine ballets.

Sources:
‘Lydia Sokolova’, Answers, retrieved 17 September 2013

Room, A. (1981), ‘Why Another Name?’, Naming Names, p.9

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