By Barbara Allman
Dance of the Swan (Creative Minds Biography)
-In this slender biography, the lifetime of the well-known ballerina lightly unfolds. concentrating on the improvement of her profession, starting together with her decision to be approved into Russias Imperial Ballet university, the booklet finds not just the dancers devotion to her artwork, but additionally her love of nature and her compassionate crisis for children.
Even although she used to be thought of too fragile and narrow by means of the criteria of her time, she used these characteristics to her virtue, in particular in a single of her signature ballets, The loss of life Swan, making a swish and airy photograph that enthralled audiences. The books gentle, black-and-white illustrations exhibit these qualities.
Clearly written and upbeat, this delicate portrayal will motivate younger readers.
A «Selected Repertoire» and a radical index increase the books usefulness for studies.
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Extra resources for Dance of the Swan. A Story about Anna Pavlova
Her fame and reputation remained unsurpassed. Her pace never slackened. Anna felt it was her duty to encourage young dancers. ” She always left them with the memory of a warm hug and words of encouragement from Madame. After a per formance in Los Angeles, a little girl dressed in a blue silk dress was introduced to Anna as a promising ballet student. Anna congratulated the awestruck child and gave her a few pink car nations and cherry blossoms from one of her own bouquets. 55 56 With a graceful f lourish, Anna bent down and kissed the little dancer, who could only wordlessly clutch the flowers and gaze at Madame through a mist of tears.
He had a strong, masculine build that complemented Anna’s delicate for m onstage. Anna admired Mikhail’s dancing and thought he was a good actor as well. Anna also danced an impromptu Spanish dance to one of the queen’s favorite tunes. For the last dance, Anna wore a Russian folk costume. At the end of the dance, the Russian costume made it difficult for her to step down from the stage to greet the king. Anna was enchanted when the king himself stepped forward to help her down. Before leaving England, Anna and Mikhail Mordkin signed contracts to retur n and per form at the Palace Theatre.
32 4 The Swan The sun unfolded its evening glow across the sk y as Anna relaxed and enjoyed the view of the shoreline. Anna, Victor Dandré, and Michel Fokine were driving outside St. Petersburg. When Anna spotted a beautiful swan near the water’s edge, she wanted to feed it. She remembered the leftover sandwiches she had and asked Victor to stop the car. Anna climbed out, unwrapped the sandwiches, and coaxed the swan with some morsels. Michel was taken by the scene of the graceful dancer in white reaching out to the delicate bird.
Dance of the Swan. A Story about Anna Pavlova by Barbara Allman