Natalia A. Borisova
Beloved mother, artist and teacher, died unexpectedly in her home on February 18, 2013. Natasha is survived by her son, Andrew, daughter-in-law, Dana, stepchildren Lana and Oleg, niece Elaine and first cousins Gene and Kyrill (Kika). She was well-known throughout the Russian and artistic communities of San Francisco and will be sorely missed.
Natasha was born on 12 February 1941 in Belgrade, Serbia (Yugoslavia) to White Russian émigrés Andrei and Antonina Borisov. Toward the end of WWII the family traveled to Salzburg, Austria and eventually came to the United States, settling in San Francisco in 1950 after a sojourn in southern California.
She began dancing at the age of 4 in Europe, but it was in America that her life-long love of Russian character dance began. She has performed with many dance troupes both large and small. Most recently, she was the founder and director of the Russian folk dance group The Russian Collection. Natasha also taught dance, having her own school ("Ballet Russe") in San Francisco.
There will be a requiem service on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 PM and a funeral service on Wednesday, February 27 at 10:00 AM. Both services will be held held at the Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary Blvd., San Francisco. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Serbian Cemetery, 1801 Hillside Blvd., Colma. In lieu of flowers, we request that you honor her memory by donating to the animal welfare organization of your choice.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 25, 2013