World Most Memorable Ballerinas. Russian Dancer Anna Pavlova Was Accepted By St Petersburg Ballet Academy.
There have been many memorable ballerinas over the years, but some seem to stick in the mind of the public above others. One of these is Margot Fonteyn who dominated British ballet for something like forty years, an amazing feat in anyone’s book.
She was an English miss, born in 1919 and known as Peggy Hookman. She spent much of her childhood in China, but auditioned successfully for the Vic-Wells ballet and in her debut was a snowflake in Nutcracker. She became an international star when she danced in New York in 1949. She married in 1956 and by 1960 hints of retirement had crept into press reviews. That all vanished once Rudolph Nureyev leapt to freedom and international acclaim from Russia. The two paired up in dance and so began the most famous ballet partnership of all time. Fonteyn retired in the early 70s.
Russian dancer Anna Pavlova was an earlier ballet star, being born in 1881. She was accepted by the St Petersburg ballet academy at the tender age of eight and quickly attracted the attention of her teachers. She joined the Imperial Ballet in 1899 and made her debut in La Fille Mal Gardee later that same year. By 1905 she was appointed prima ballerina and was able to go on tour a few years later. In 1910 and 1911 she toured Britain and the United States. Although she made her permanent home in London, she toured for the next two decades. Unfortunately she caught pneumonia during a train delay and died from it in The Hague in 1931.
For someone a little more recent there is Paloma Herrera who started dancing at the age of seven. She studied at the Minsk Ballet School, Russia before returning to her birthplace of Buenos Aires. There she danced as Cupid in Don Quixote at Teatro Colon. After that she continued her studies at the New York American School of Ballet. By 1095 she had been promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. She danced in many roles and productions including Mathilda in Anastasia, Cinderella, Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake and others.
Dame Alicia Markova is considered to have been the greatest ballerina of the western world during her time. She was born in 1910 and her mother got her into ballet lessons to correct what she thought was a problem of flat feet and weak legs. Markova retired in 1963 from an illustrious career due to a leg injury, but went on to become a ballet teacher of renown, passing on her own wonderful skills to many others.