Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova

Emme Phillips, Writer

Anna Pavlova was the most famous female ballet dancer of her time. She was born into a poor family in 1881 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her father died when she was only two years old. Despite her disadvantages early on in life, she was accepted into the admirable Imperial School of Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, which happened to be right in St. Petersburg, at the young age of 10. Eight years later she joined the Imperial Ballet and by the time she was 25, she had become the prima ballerina. She began travelling the world as a ballerina to perform, which was fairly uncommon at that time, with other ballet tours but began performing separate solo tours all over the world in 1914. 

 

She performed several iconic and memorable ballet productions including Giselle and The Dying Swan, which was her most famous solo performance. She also loved performing ethnic dances such as Indian, Mexican and Polish. She was married to her manager but they never had children although they founded a home in Paris for Russian refugees. She also had a love for animals and birds and her home was well known for a lake with many swans, just as her famous solo ballet. She led a quiet personal life but her determination, dedication, grace and beauty when performing ballet led to fame and success in her professional career.