Leontine Beaugrand (1842-1925) was a ballerina who, during the siege of Paris organized groups to collect food and money and worked in the soldier's hospital in the basement of Comedie Francaise. After the siege she revived "Coppelia" with herself in the title role, and Eugenie Fiocre repeating her role of Franz. Student of Marie Taglioni and Mdme. Dominique

Leontine Beaugrand (1842-1925) was a ballerina who, during the siege of Paris organized groups to collect food and money and worked in the soldier's hospital in the basement of Comedie Francaise. After the siege she revived "Coppelia" with herself in the title role, and Eugenie Fiocre repeating her role of Franz. Student of Marie Taglioni and Mdme. Dominique

Anthony Dowell & Antoinette Sibley, stars of the Royal Ballet in the 60s & 70s; photo by Kenn Duncan

anthony dowell & antoinette sibley, stars of the royal ballet in the and . dowell later became artistic director of the birmingham royal ballet .

# vintagemarlene:prima ballerina anna pavlova, 1920s

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.

Ashton's Symphonic Variations, Pamela May, Michael Somes, Moira Shearer and Margot Fonteyn with Henry Danton.

Ashton's Symphonic Variations, Pamela May, Michael Soames, Moira Shearer and Margot Fonteyn with Henry Danton.

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Angela Paul as Autumn in "Cinderella" (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Photo: Bill Cooper - Costumes by John McFarlane

Moira Shearer (1926-2006) in "Symphonic Variations (choreography by Frederick Ashton at Royal Ballet 1946

Moira Shearer in "Symphonic Variations (choreography by Frederick Ashton at Royal Ballet 1946

Photos from the documentary BALLETS RUSSES, courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

Photos from the documentary BALLETS RUSSES, courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

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