Anna Pavlova ~ a Russian ballerina of the late to early century, she is widely regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history; became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.
Picture preview: Anna Pavlova Twentieth Century Ballerina
Anna Pavlova in her signature role, The Dying Swan. Her feet were so severely arched, she had to invent her own reinforced shoe. It is rumored that she would retouch her photographs to make her pointe shoes look like those favorable of the era.
1912 - Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who became the forts ballet dancer to tour the world with her own dance company. She moved to London in 1912 and is photographed here in her Hampstead garden wearing a soft belted gown, hat and her ballet shoes.
Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova February 12 [O. January She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes , later with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.
Early ballerina skirts were heavy, voluminous affairs that severely restricted the dancer's movements. Fortunately, by the early twentieth century, skirts were raised to the knees to showcase pointe work.