Ginger Stanley performs a grand jete during her solo underwater ballet at Silver Springs, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Mozert/Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1956

Ukrainian synchronized swimming team members perform an aquatic ballet in a fish tank at an Aquarium on August 7, 2007 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

“Maria Belita Gladys Olive Lyne Jepson-Turner (25 October 1923 – 18 December 2005), known professionally as Belita, was an British Olympic figure skater, dancer and film actress.

Born at Nether Wallop, Hampshire, she skated (as Belita Jepson-Turner) for Great Britain in the 1936 Winter Olympics where she was placed 16th in the Ladies' singles competition , then her career turned towards Hollywood. She had classical Russian ballet training which carried over into her skating, and she was considered far superior to others skating at that time. As a young ballerina she was partner to Anton Dolin, appearing with the Dolin-Markova Ballet.”

Photo: Belita doing underwater ballet for a movie. 31 Dec 1944
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