Fate granted 17-year-old Elena Ryabinkina the chance to become the youngest Odette on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, where she would dance throughout her life—100 times she appeared on stage in the title role of Swan Lake, performed leading roles in the ballets Giselle, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, The Little Humpbacked Horse, Don Quixote, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, and others. For her, the famous Kasyan Goleyzovsky choreographed celebrated numbers. Elena Ryabinkina was applauded in many countries of the world. After concluding her career as a dancer, she entered the theatre department of The Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and became a certified choreographer. Today many of her students are stars in the world of ballet.
At the meeting, Elena Ryabinkina spoke about her famous family: her father Lev Ryabinkin, a famous geophysicist; her mother, Alexandra Tsabel, and sister Elena Ryabinkina, ballerinas of the Bolshoi Theatre. The evening was complemented by memories of stage colleagues, performances by young actors who read excerpts from the memoirs of Alexandra Tsabel, and poems dedicated to Elena Ryabinkina.