By Barbara Allman
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1881, Anna Pavlova grew up dreaming of turning into a prima ballerina. all through her lifetime, Anna encouraged and inspired humans around the globe along with her exceedingly swish and expressive dance. Believing that expressing good looks is vital to the human spirit, Anna strove to aid audiences realize the hovering attractiveness that may uplift their spirits.
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Extra resources for Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova
Lazzarini, John, and Rober ta Lazzarini. Pavlova: Repertoire of a Legend. New York: Schirmer Books, 1980. May, Helen. The Swan: The Story of Anna Pavlova. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1958. Migel, Parmenia. The Ballerinas: From the Court of Louis XIV to Pavlova. New York: Macmillan, 1972. Money, Keith. Pavlova: Her Life and Art. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. 61 Pavlova, Anna. ” In Anna Pavlova, edited by V. Svetloff. New York: Dover Publications, 1974. ——. ” In Flight of the Swan: A Memory of Anna Pavlova, edited by André Olivéroff, as told to John Gill.
After the Great War, she established a home in Paris for orphaned Russian girls. 54 The charity per formances she gave did not always cover expenses for the orphanage, so she used her own money to suppor t the home. It delighted Anna to visit the girls. She saw to it that each one was trained in a profession and that the home provided an atmosphere of beauty and simplicity. Wherever she went, Anna used her exceptional gifts to open new eyes to the beauty of classical dance. She remained committed to what she saw as her mission to bring ballet to the world.
For the last dance, Anna wore a Russian folk costume. At the end of the dance, the Russian costume made it difficult for her to step down from the stage to greet the king. Anna was enchanted when the king himself stepped forward to help her down. Before leaving England, Anna and Mikhail Mordkin signed contracts to retur n and per form at the Palace Theatre. First, however, Anna retur ned to St. Petersburg to dance at the Maryinsk y, then she and Mikhail were off to New York. When the steamship carrying the Imperial Ballet dancers docked in New York, Anna was relieved.
Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova by Barbara Allman