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Martha Graham – wonderful dancer

Martha Graham – wonderful dancer

Martha Graham – wonderful dancer


Martha Graham, wonderful dancer and choreographer, had a powerful influence on modern dance. She used forceful movements that expressed strong emotions.
Martha Graham was born on May 11, 1894 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later, in 1908, she moved to California with her family. The girl became interested in dance when she saw Ruth St. Denis perform in 1914. As a teenager she studied at the Denishawn dance school and later she became a member of the Denishawn dance company. Her great dramatic power made her a favorite with audiences.
In 1923 Graham went to New York and three years later she founded a dance school, where she developed a distinctive dance technique. Important dancers who studied with Graham include Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Alvin Ailey.
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Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – legendary ballet dancer


Contemporaries called him the eighth wonder of the world, King of the Air, God of Dance.
Vaslav Nijinsky was born on March 12, 1889 in Kiev. His parents were dancers at the Warsaw Imperial Theater and after retirement went on tour in Paris, Kiev, Minsk, Tiflis, Odessa, St. Petersburg. When they divorced, Eleanor Nijinskaya and their three children settled in the northern capital of Russia, St. Petersburg. She became the first teacher for her son.
At the age of ten Vaslav was brought to the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg by his parents. Soon he was recognized as remarkable by his ballet teacher, N. Legat.
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Anna Pavlova – great ballet dancer

Anna Pavlova – great ballet dancer

Anna Pavlova – great ballet dancer

Anna Pavlova was a Russian ballet dancer. She is one of the greatest dancers of the XX century. After the First World War, she settled in the UK and toured around the world. In many countries Anna presented the art of ballet for the first time.
Anna Matveyevna Pavlova was born on January 31, 1881 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. She was born in a holiday village Ligovo near St. Petersburg. Her mother, Lyubov Fedorovna Pavlova, married Matvey Pavlov, retired soldier of the Preobrazhensky regiment, shortly before the birth of her daughter. Who was the real father of a ballerina is unknown. According to the number of her contemporaries, including her two half-brothers, landowner Lazar Polyakov, one of Moscow’s largest bankers, was the father of Anna Pavlova.
At the age of eight Pavlova attended a performance of The Sleeping Beauty at the Maryinsky Theatre and decided to become a ballerina.
In 1899, after graduating from the Imperial Theatre School, she was accepted into Mariinsky Theatre troupe.
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Fanny Elssler – theatrical ballerina

Fanny Elssler - theatrical ballerina

Fanny Elssler – theatrical ballerina


Fanny Elssler was a famous Austrian dancer who brought energy and drama to her performances. Along with Maria Taglioni, she was famous ballerina of the XIX century.
Fanny (her real name was Francis Elssler) was born on June 23, 1810 in Vienna, Austria. Her grandfather and father served as secretary of composer Haydn.
The girl studied ballet from a young age. Fanny studied ballet together with her older sister Theresa at the ballet school of the Vienna Burgtheater.
In 1824 she first appeared on the scene in Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. There the dancer met Prince Leopold of Salerno, son of Ferdinand IV, the King of Naples. Fanny gave birth to their son Franz. In 1829, she became acquainted with Friedrich von Gentz, who was 46 years older than her. They lived together until his death in 1832.
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Alvin Ailey – famous choreographer

Alvin Ailey - famous choreographer

Alvin Ailey – famous choreographer

Alvin Ailey is one of the most famous American choreographers in the world.
Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in Rogers, Texas. In his childhood he had to help his mother pick cotton to earn money.
When Ailey was about 11 years old they moved to Los Angeles. As a teenager Ailey showed an interest in athletics, joining his high school gymnastics team and playing football.
In Los Angeles, Ailey began to study dancing with the dance teacher Lester Horton. In 1949 he joined the Lester Horton Dance Theater. Horton died four years later and Ailey became the director of the company. In the next year Ailey moved to New York City. There he worked with Martha Graham and Hanya Holm.
In the 1950s, there were reports that Ailey was in a romantic relationship with David Mack-Reynolds.
In 1958 Alvin formed the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. They rehearsed a scene from the dance called Revelations. By the 1980s this dance had been performed more often than Swan Lake.
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Irreplaceable Beyoncé

Irreplaceable Beyoncé

Irreplaceable Beyoncé

Beyoncé is a Grammy Award winning American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, Golden Globe Award-nominated actress, dancer, and fashion designer and model.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas. She is the elder of two daughters born to Mathew Knowles and Tina Beyince. In her childhood the girl attended dance school and was a soloist in her church choir.
Knowles and her former best friend LaTavia Roberson met Kelly Rowland and LeToya Luckett. They formed a quartet.
After singing at local events, they got their break when they entered Star Search. The group, then named “Girl’s Tyme”, lost the competition. Beyoncé’s father and Rowland’s legal guardian decided to help the girls to become singers. In 1996 the group was signed to Columbia Records.
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Leni Riefenstahl – German film director

Leni Riefenstahl – German film director

Leni Riefenstahl – German film director

Leni Riefenstahl was a German film director and photographer, as well as an actress and dancer. Riefenstahl is one of the most famous filmmakers who worked during the period of National Socialist rule in Germany. Her documentary Triumph of the Will and Olympia made her an active promoter of the Third Reich.
Helene Berta Amalie Riefenstahl (her real name) was born on August 22, 1902 in Berlin. Her brother Heinz was born two and a half years later. Their father, Alfred Riefenstahl, was an experienced businessman and owned a large company.
Since childhood Leni took music lessons. The girl successfully performed at school concerts. Leni was gifted in music and painting, but had a real passion for dance. Italian musician F. Busoni saw her dancing and composed Waltz-Caprice special for the girl. Later it became one of her most popular performances.
At the age of 12 Leni joined the swimming sports club Mermaid, where she participated in competitions and received prizes. Once she fell from a five-meter diving tower and had to leave the club.
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