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Basheva's life changed the day she walked into a ballet class. She was not a child and knew nothing of dance. But, from that first moment she knew she belonged there. Though she chose her by chance, her first teacher was the finest in the city. Marguerite Ellicott had been a student of Alexandra Baldina and Theodore Koslov (with the original Diaghelev Russian dancers of 1909) and so Basheva was connected to that glorious history. Miss Ellicott's basis was Russian, Vaganova.

Basheva next studied with Eula Hoff, a fine Cecchetti teacher/examiner. Subsequently she studied with Robert Rodham and Jillana (principal dancers with NYCB under Balanchine), Jaqueline Hepner and Wayne Davis. Altogether she danced and studied for thirty years.

As much as she enjoyed performing Basheva loved teaching even more. Beginners, intermediate and pre-professional; both adults and children. Each student represented a challenge, a gift and an opportunity to share what she loved so much. She has taught at San Diego State University, Grossmont College, Chula Vista Performing High School, Grossmont High School, Sweetwater School District, as well as private studios. She has taught for twenty-five years.

Three years ago Basheva's performing career was ended by a non-dance injury, but she was able to return to ballet class in the spring of 2000. So now, she dances just for the pure joy of it.

Other doors have opened to Basheva; she enjoys writing, both poetry and prose, contributes to Dance Europe Magazine, painting in oils, and riding her bike around a lake. She lives in the beautiful city of San Diego and is married with a grown son; both husband and son are electrical engineers.


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