Founders of the Georgian National Ballet
A talented ballet master and dancer Iliko Sukhishvili (1907-1985) danced since childhood. From the very beginning of his career Iliko's dancing was famous. A temperament for dancing burned from within him. In 1923-26 he studied at dance studio and soon became the assistant and dance teacher. In 1927 he began to dance in Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet house as a staff member. In 1928, he won the First Prize - Gold Medal and became leading soloist.
In 1935 Iliko got first place in the World Folk Dance Festival in London and was awarded the gold medal, which was presented by Queen Mary. In 1935-37 Iliko studied the show-business management at the State Institute of Theatre and Art in Moscow. He was full of ideas, the most important of which was the desire to set up the Georgian State Dance Company. He wanted to show the rest of the world his different view of the fantastic ballet created on the border of the Georgian traditional folk art and modernism.
Nino Ramishvili (1910-2000) began to dance from the age of 10. Studied at Maria Perini's private Ballet Studio in Tbilisi, was trained as a classical dancer and joined the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre. From 1927 performed as a soloist in "Swan Lake", "Don Quixote" and many other classics. During this time she met her future husband Iliko Sukhishvili. Until 1937 Nino and Iliko worked at the Opera Theatre. They also gave many popular dance concerts.
Their duet was already very well known. In 1945 her dream became true when together with her husband she founded The Georgian Dance Company where she was soloist and dance teacher at the same time. She became chief choreographer and matriarch of The Georgian National ballet.

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