Changing his stage identify to Briansky, he joined Roland Petit’s Les Ballets des Champs-Élysées in 1946. There he met Mireille Lefebvre, a Paris-born graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet college who had already been a principal dancer within the Bordeaux Ballet. She was nonetheless often known as Lefebvre when she and (*91*). Briansky carried out in New York in 1951 with Petit’s new troupe, Les Ballets de Paris. She turned often known as Mireille Briane after they joined Festival Ballet in London, the place they married in 1953.
“Happy to Be So,” a 2008 documentary by the Russian-born American filmmaker Yelena Demikovsky that was successful at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, explores why the Brianskys settled within the United States in 1963. “We became teachers,” he says within the documentary, as a result of he had by no means totally recovered from a knee harm when he was 19: “I danced on a bad knee and it caught up with me. I had to stop dancing.”
(*91*). Briansky impressed Princess Grace of Monaco, whom he met as dance adviser to “The Children of Theater Street,” a 1977 documentary concerning the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, of which she was a narrator. In 1979 she was the visitor of honor at a fund-raising profit for the scholarship fund of the Briansky Center in Saratoga Springs — “because,” she informed The New York Times, “Oleg is a friend of mine and I’m a friend of the ballet.”
Although his profession change was not deliberate, (*91*). Briansky’s true legacy could be as a instructor. For a few years he and his spouse taught at different colleges, generally as visitor lecturers outdoors New York City and overseas. From 1994 to 2006 they have been creative administrators of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and its college in Bethlehem, Pa. In the Demikovsky movie, he’s proven reaching out to the youngsters in a category there with light humor, asking them to recollect which is their proper foot and which is their left.
Ellen Weinstein, who’s now creative director of the National Dance Institute, based by Jacques d’Amboise, recalled in a telephone interview that (*91*). Briansky was her first ballet instructor, when he taught a weekly class in Binghamton, N.Y.
“Even as child, I knew I was in the company of greatness,” she mentioned. “Oleg taught with joyful rigor.”
She later attended the couple’s summer season college in Saratoga Springs. Noting that she now heads a dance program that teaches kids, she added: “Oleg and Mireille had a commitment to excellence that was supportive and loving. Oleg had an influence on the course I took.”