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Anna Pavlova as 'Bacchante' - February 1900 - Ballet Les Saisons by Marius Petipa and Alexander Glazunov

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Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. These dancers are just as beautiful as those with stick-thin legs.

  • Maria Sol Graner

    Those are muscular and beautiful legs... i think today we can see truly stick-thin legs in all companies... so sad

Belly Dancer // omg look, the days before photoshop when women look real in photographs!

Anna Pavlova as Giselle - 1924 - London Laura Johnson via Kinsey Novak onto dance

Janet Collins was one of the few classically trained Black dancers of her generation. In 1951 she won the Donaldson Award for best dancer on Broadway for her work in Cole Porter's Out of This World. She also performed in Aida, Carmen, and was the first Black ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. She could not tour in parts of the Deep South due to her race. In later life she taught dance.

anna pavlova by john lavery (1910)

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ballet dancers rehearse 1936 / alfred eisenstaedt

Anna Pavlova.At the heart of her talent was sudden and instant inspiration. More often than not she was improvising, and could not repeat the pattern of her dances despite requests from her masters and partners. Later, when Anna Pavlova started teaching, this gift seemed to be a great obstacle as her students couldn’t copy the movements that she herself didn’t remember.

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