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Vintage Ballerinas

September 22, 2020

Everyday Ballerina, Martina H., tells the stories of historical ballet dancers with fantastic vintage photos in her new Ballet Archives blog. I recently asked Martina about her inspiration…

“My passion for ballet history was fueled while looking at vintage ballet art, photographs and after I read a book on Russian Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova.  After I watched the documentary about Diagliev’s Ballet Russes, my interest grew and I wanted to know more. 

A whole new world opened for me after I read the book, A Dancing Star, a story about Anna Pavlova’s life.  I felt connected to Anna Pavlova since she was an animal lover, only child like myself and she had struggles as I’ve had struggles. She became inspirational to me because she faced whatever obstacle she had and found a way to overcome it. She never took the word no for an answer and she believed in herself. After reading that book, I wanted to read more about her and thus I learned about other historical dancers, their stories and their struggles. 

I enjoyed learning so much about ballet history that I wanted to share what I’ve learned about these magnificent, sometimes forgotten dancer’s stories. I created my blog on the subject of historical ballet dancers to write, not just about the history of the dance, but the dancers themselves.”

Be sure to check out Ballet Archives and enjoy this marvelous new resource! 

The Making of the Modern Ballerina

January 18, 2015

  [caption id="attachment_154" align="alignright" width="128"] Louis XIV in ballet costume[/caption] While most people think of ballet as a particularly feminine art form, the truth is that ballet was originally developed for and by men — kings in fact! Over 350 years ago, the ability to dance ballet was considered to READ MORE…