The Coppelia Ballet story has changed over the years and was first performed in the Paris Opera on the 25th of May 1870. This ballet comes out of the Romantic Ballet Era. The choreography was done by Arthur St Leon (1821 – 1870). The first Swanhilda was Guiseppina Bozzacchi who was only sixteen at the time. … Read more Coppelia Ballet Story
Olga Preobrajenska was born in St. Petersburg on January 21, 1871. I have yet to find out what her real surname is hence the two different ways of spelling it in the title of this page. I have a feeling the one way is the Russian way and the other the English way. Her mother … Read more Who Exactly Is Olga Preobrajenska or Preobrazhenska?
I always enjoy researching and finding out the history of dance and Marius Petipa (1818 – 1910) and The Imperial Russian Ballet come up so often in my reading that I thought that it only fitting to write a bit about him. Marius Petipa is the colossus of nineteenth-century ballet. Other choreographers may well have … Read more Marius Petipa And The Imperial Russian Ballet
I have a wonderful collection of ballet books at home that I have collected over the years. They weren’t always easy to come by, as the book stores when I was growing up seldom had anything on dance, but when they did, I always snapped it up. Now it is far easier to get your … Read more Ballet Books Adults And Children Will Love
Dawn Weller – South African Ballerina – A Short Autobiography Ken Yeatman, who is an Ex-Principal dancer with Pact, Capab, Pacofs and Napac Ballet Companies wrote this extract in the book, Dawn Weller: Portrait of a Ballerina, which describes her perfectly. ‘Dawn Weller did not reach her present position through natural talent. She is there … Read more Dawn Weller – South African Ballerina
Although there have been many famous ballet dancers over the years, some of them stick out in our minds more than others. One such dancer was definitely Margot Fonteyn who dominated British ballet for over forty years. This is an amazing feat, especially since the career span of a dancer is normally so short. My … Read more Famous Ballet Dancers Through The Years
Dame Adeline Genee is a name that is not familiar with most of the general public, but in her time Adeline Genee was well known and celebrated in England as a great ballet dancer. She was a Danish girl and at the age of 15 already a veteran of five years on the stage. Dame … Read more Who Was Adeline Genee And How Did She Influence Ballet?