Born On This Day ~ January 12 ~ Anna Pavlova ~ Russian Prima Ballerina

Born: February 12, 1881 (Ligova)
Died: January 23, 1931 (The Hague, Netherlands)

Famous For/Known For:
Russian prima ballerina

A Little About Anna Pavlova:
Born to parents Matvey and Lyubov(Feodorovna) Pavlova. Lyubov was a washerwoman while her husband was a reserve soldier.

Anna knew she wanted to be a ballet dancer at the age of 8 after watching The Sleeping Beauty at the Marunsky Theatre.

In 1899 after hard work and determination Anna graduated from the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet School.

That same year Anna made her debut in La Fille Mal Gardee perfoming in the same theater in which she was inspired to become a ballerina.

In 1904 Anna’s lead solo in Michael Fokine’s, The Dying Swan, was her most pivotal moment in her career.

In 1907 she toured through Europe stopping at places such as Berlin and Copenhagen. This excursion was so successful that she toured again in 1908.

In 1907 the ballet company, Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe asked her to join them.

In 1911 Anna formed her own ballet company and toured all over the world.

Anna was passionate about Russian orphans of war and often performed to raise money for this charity. She eventually bought a home and adopted 15 girls.

Anna Pavlova died from pleurisy at the age of 49.

Books About/Written By Anna Pavlova:

Dancing Star

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina

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