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Ballerina To Mark 75th Birthday

November 17, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russian prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya is about to turn 75, but she’s not letting age deter her from dancing.

Plisetskaya plans to mark her birthday Monday by performing at the Bolshoi Theater as part of a concert arranged to commemorate the day.

``I will stay on as long as people want to see me and invite me,″ she said Thursday, according to the news agency Interfax.

Plisetskaya was a standout in the Bolshoi’s renowned troupe for nearly 50 years, but left in 1989 following disputes with then-director Yuri Grigorovich. She returned to the Bolshoi stage six years later.

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