Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova  February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 – January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 – January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.

Anna Pavlova in a beautiful costume for a Russian dance.    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/picture-preview-anna-pavlova-twentieth-century-ballerina-7873178.html?action=gallery=5

Picture preview: Anna Pavlova Twentieth Century Ballerina

Anna Pavlova in a beautiful costume for a Russian dance. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/picture-preview-anna-pavlova-twentieth-century-ballerina-7873178.html?action=gallery=5

Anna Pavlova and Michael Mordkin performing the Russian Dance (1909). Foulsham & Banfield. Published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd. National Portrait Gallery. Mordkin joined Diaghilev for the 1909 Paris season as a leading dancer, ranking above Nijinsky. On the opening night of Ballets Russes in Paris, Mordkin danced the leading role in Michael Fokine’s Le Pavillon d'Armide. After the first season, he remained in Paris to dance with Anna Pavlova going on to form his own company, All Star…

Anna Pavlova and Michael Mordkin performing the Russian Dance (1909). Foulsham & Banfield. Published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd. National Portrait Gallery. Mordkin joined Diaghilev for the 1909 Paris season as a leading dancer, ranking above Nijinsky. On the opening night of Ballets Russes in Paris, Mordkin danced the leading role in Michael Fokine’s Le Pavillon d'Armide. After the first season, he remained in Paris to dance with Anna Pavlova going on to form his own company, All Star…

Anna Pavlova traveled world-wide. while in China she mastered 37 pirouettes on the back of a MOVING ELEPHANT -  seated on an elephant during her tour of India, 1923

Anna Pavlova traveled world-wide. while in China she mastered 37 pirouettes on the back of a MOVING ELEPHANT - seated on an elephant during her tour of India, 1923

Ballerina Anna Pavlova in her Russian stage costume, 1910 – 1911, digital colourisation of the old photograph.

Ballerina Anna Pavlova in her Russian stage costume, 1910 – 1911, digital colourisation of the old photograph.

Anna Pavlova at the Castello di Vigoleno, 1925. Photo: Studio fotografico Moreschi.

Anna Pavlova at the Castello di Vigoleno, 1925. Photo: Studio fotografico Moreschi.

Anna Pavlova and Jack. The compassionate friend can be identified by four things: by not rejoicing in your misfortune, delighting in your good fortune, preventing others from speaking ill of you, and encouraging others who praise your good qualities.

Anna Pavlova and Jack. The compassionate friend can be identified by four things: by not rejoicing in your misfortune, delighting in your good fortune, preventing others from speaking ill of you, and encouraging others who praise your good qualities.

Charlie Chaplin and prima ballerina Anna Pavlova - c. 1922 (Look at the arch on her feet!)

Charlie Chaplin and prima ballerina Anna Pavlova - c. 1922 (Look at the arch on her feet!)

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