Moscelyne Larkin

(1925-2012), Prima Ballerina


Last updated 4/5/2019 at 3:36pm

K.B. Schaller

Born in Miami, Oklahoma, (Edna) Moscelyne Larkin was one of the distinguished Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma dubbed "The Five Moons." She was the only daughter of a Peoria/Shawnee father (Rueben Francis Larkin) and Eva Matlagova-Larkin, a Russian ballerina who tutored Moscelyne herself until at age 15, when Moscelyne was old enough to continue her studies in New York City.

Moscelyne joined the Wassily de Basil's Original Ballet Russe in Europe and the Americas. She also danced for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she met her future husband, Roman Jansinsky. They married in 1943...

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