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Paula Tennyson Collection

Identifier: BRSCA-PT-023
The Tennyson Collection contains correspondence, programs, photographs, contracts, articles, and a ballet coloring book with her image on the cover.


  • 1953 - 2008

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The Collections are available to researchers by appointment. Please email or call 405/325-5181.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ballets Russes Special Collections and Archive holds the physical rights only to most materials. Researchers must secure written permission from the Archive to publish archival material. Researchers assume all responsibility for conforming to copyright laws and for correctly citing the source of the archival material.


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Paula Tennyson danced with the Original Ballet Russe from 1956-1962. Her collection contains correspondence, articles, photographs, and contracts from her time in the company.

Biographical Note

Paula Tennyson began her ballet training in Texas with Alexander Kotchetovsky and studied with Nikita Talin. At the age of fourteen she joined the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet Company, Ballet Theatre, and at age seventeen joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. There she rapidly rose to the rank of first soloist. With the birth of her first child, she retired from performing. Tennyson became a faculty member for the Virginia Ballet Company for more than 30 years. She staged classical ballets there like Giselle and Chopiniana while also making guest appearances onstage and in television. She passed away in January 2012.
Paula Tennyson Collection
Jeri Smalley
June 2018
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Part of the Ballets Russes Special Collections and Archive Repository


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