Anna Pavlova (1881 –1931) Regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Later she toured the world with her own company. Here she wears a Russian costume.

Anna Pavlova (1881 –1931) Regarded as one of the finest classical ballet dancers in history as a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Later she toured the world with her own company. Here she wears a Russian costume.

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Anna Pavlova's dying swan..No one ever danced it more beautifully...
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Anna Pavlova in her signature role, The Dying Swan. Her feet were so severely arched, she had to invent her own reinforced shoe. It is rumored that she would retouch her photographs to make her pointe shoes look like those favorable of the era.

Anna Pavlova in her signature role, The Dying Swan. Her feet were so severely arched, she had to invent her own reinforced shoe. It is rumored that she would retouch her photographs to make her pointe shoes look like those favorable of the era.

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Anna Pavlova as the Dying Swan in Swan Lake. For more dance, art, food and travel, head to theculturetrip.com.

Anna Pavlova as the Dying Swan in Swan Lake. For more dance, art, food and travel, head to theculturetrip.com.

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Anna Pavlova's swan costume. Oh my gosh... <3 <3 <3 ♥ www.thewonderfulworldofdance.com #ballet #dance

Anna Pavlova's swan costume. Oh my gosh... <3 <3 <3 ♥ www.thewonderfulworldofdance.com #ballet #dance

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"Anna Pavlova" by John Lavery, 1911, kelvingrove art gallery/museum, glasgow

"Anna Pavlova" by John Lavery, 1911, kelvingrove art gallery/museum, glasgow

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Anna Pavlova -- prima ballerina who invented pointe by darning her ballet slippers --photo by Ira L. Hill 1921

Anna Pavlova -- prima ballerina who invented pointe by darning her ballet slippers --photo by Ira L. Hill 1921

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