Galina Ulanova was considered one of the finest ballerinas of the 20th Century. She was Prima Ballerina at the Bolshoi Theatre for fourteen years.
She was awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labour and the title People's Artist of the USSR.
Elena Yanson-Manizer was the wife of Matvey Manizer. Like her husband, she excelled at bronze sculptures of sporting and cultural heroes in the Socialist Realist style.