Famous Ballerinas


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Famous Ballerinas -

Margot Fonteyn - one of the greatest Classical ballet dancers of all.

18th May 1919 - 21st February, 1991.

She danced with the Royal Ballet and she was appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll.

She was famous for her portrayal of Aurora in Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty .

She had an on-and-offstage partnership with Rudolf Nureyev - this lasted until she retired in 1979.

Her dancing really stood out because of it's grace and passion.



Darcey Bussell another famous name in Ballet.
She won a place in the Royal Ballet School at the age of thirteen.

At the age of sixteen she was accepted at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London.
In 1988 she moved to the Royal Ballet.

She has appeared on television numerous times and has received various awards.


Anna Pavolva - one of our most famous Classical dancers.

She was the first ballerina to tour around the world - remembered for the creation of the role of The Dying Swan.
She founded her own company and toured the world over.

Her early years in the world of ballet were hard as it was a skill that did not come easy to her. She trained and trained to improve on her technique.

She had arched feet and thin ankles - she was taunted with cruel nicknames.

She graduated from the Imperial Ballet School in 1899at the age of 18.

The Dying Swan was her most famous showcase.

She died just before her 50th birthday.

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Polina Seminova - classical ballet dancer from Moscow.

Born in 1984 - one of the youngest dancers ever to achieve recognition as a Prima Ballerina.

She won many top awards in ballet competitions after studying at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow.

She joined the Ballet Staatsoper in 2002 - after graduating -and became the youngest principal of the company at a tender age of 18.

She had many lead roles including that of The Nutcracker.



Maya Plisetskaya - a Dancer from Russia and said to be one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.

Her first performance was at the Bolshoi Theatre and she was only 11 years old. She graduated in 1943 from the choreographic school and joined the Bolshoi Ballet,and she performed here until 1990.

Her dancing was technically strong excelling in 'adagio' and 'allegro' which is said to be very unusual in dancers. She was a very flexible dancer and had a great height to her jumps.




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