Baku, May 26, AZERTAC
Leyla Vakilova – an outstanding Azerbaijani ballet dancer, choreographer, talented teacher and people’s artist of the Azerbaijan SSR was born on January 29, 1927 in Baku.
Vakilova took her first ballet lessons at the Baku State Choreography School.
Her teacher was the first Azerbaijani ballerina – Qamar Almaszade. It was with great love and care that she treated the talent of her pupil, not only imparting her experience to him, but also trying to nurture a unique individuality in Vakilova.
Swan Lake was Vakilova’s first serious work, a kind of showdown. In this ballet, she played the two main female roles – Odette, the white swan and Odile, the black swan.
In 1945, Leyla Vakilova left for Moscow to gain experience in the field of ballet at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.
After returning to Baku in 1946, she made her first ballet as Tao Khoa in The Red Poppy by R. Glière at the Azerbaijan Academic Opera and Ballet Theater where she worked for the next 30 years.
The dancer performed all the classical and national repertoire.
Leyla Vakilova created expressive images in the national ballet, combining the technique of classical dance and the peculiarities of Azerbaijani folk choreography in the performance art.
His first performances in the Azerbaijani ballets of A. Badalbayli, S. Hajibayov, G. Garayev, F. Amirov and A. Malikov brought him great fame, which was recognized by the award of the Order of Lenin.
She also appeared in several films. In 1967 Vakilova was awarded the title People’s Artist of the USSR. She also became the leader of the National Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of Azerbaijan founded by her teacher G. Almaszade.
From 1953, she taught ballet at the Baku School of Choreography.
In 1972, at the age of 45, Leyla Vakilova retired from ballet, although she continued her teaching career at the School of Choreography until her death in 1999.
She died on February 21, 1999 and was buried in the alley of honor.
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