I Am a Dancer with Rudolf Nureyev

I Am a Dancer with Rudolf Nureyev

I Am a Dancer with Rudolf Nureyev. Image: YouTube excerpt.

This is a rare documentary with never before seen footage of Nureyev in I Am a Dancer.

You can see him taking class, leading a rehearsal of La Sylphide, giving out corrections to the corps de ballet in French and in English.

His partnership with Margot Fonteyn is portrayed as they each express their mutual admiration during an interview, excerpted here.

Sir Frederick Ashton is also interviewed as he explains how Marguerite and Armand, the ballet he created for Nureyev and Fonteyn came to be.

I Am a Dancer

Marguerite and Armand is a ballet danced to Franz Liszt’s B minor piano sonata. It was created in 1963 by renowned choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton specifically for world-famous dancers Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn. The ballet takes its inspiration from the 19th-century novel La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas…

Excerpt from full article on wikipedia.org.

If you want to skip straight to the ballet Marguerite and Armand, go to minute 45.

Video courtesy of YouTube with standard license.

I Am a Dancer is an hour and a half long documentary and is well worth watching in it’s entirety. But if you’re pressed for time, watch it by bits and pieces. You’ll discover interesting facts about Nureyev’s life.

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About Romy Macias, Senior Editor

Romy danced with the Ballet Clasico de Queretaro Fernando Jhones for 10 years having reached 1st soloist position. She presently takes on character roles and teaches at the company's junior academy. This site is a testament to her passion for classical ballet. You're invited to be part of our community and join in the joy for this amazing art form.


  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful documentary about Rudolf Nureyev’s life and career!

  2. Donna says:

    How wonderful – where do you find these treasures? Thank you.

  3. Kathy says:

    Very interesting – your knowledge is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing.

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