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Ballet Dancer, Choreographer (1881–1931)
Anna Pavlova was a famous Russian prima ballerina and choreographer. The company she founded in 1911 was the first to tour ballet around the world.
The history of the great ballerina
When Anna was 8 years old, she saw her first ballet performance and fell in love. She then vowed to become a dancer herself someday.
At age 10, she was accepted into the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet School after passing the entry exam with flying colors.
At age 18, she graduated from the St. Petersburg school and started the transition to prima ballerina
Her career began on September 19, 1899 with her debut in the ballet La Fille Mal Gardee.
named a prima ballerina just 7 years after starting. The prima ballerina is the head dancer of a dance company.
Created her own ballet company
Anna died at the age of 50 of double pneumonia. On her deathbed, she asked to see her dying swan costume one last time.
Known for her signature role in the dying swan (1905)
Anna Pavlova was able to complete 37 turns while on top of a moving elephant while on a tour in China.
Anna gave over four thousand ballet performances during the years between 1913-1930.
Valentin Serov painted her famous 1909 life-size portrait. Pavlova is depicted in her favorite role as a white swan on a blue background.
During her life she had many pets including a Siamese cat, various dogs, Cadilan birds and swans.
The meringue dessert "pavlova," popular in Australia and New Zealand, is named after her. (she visited both countries in the 1920s)