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Ballerina Collection

"Ballerina: Graceful Icons of the Dance World" Step into a world where elegance and artistry intertwine, as ballerinas captivate audiences with their ethereal movements

Background imageBallerina Collection: Four ballerinas on a music sheet

Four ballerinas on a music sheet
Four ballerinas depicted on a music sheet, performing The Celebrated Pas de Quatre, composed by Jules Perrot, as danced at Her Majestys Theatre, London, on 12 July 1845

Background imageBallerina Collection: Anna Pavlova dancing Swan Lake

Anna Pavlova dancing Swan Lake
Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) Russian ballet dancer photographed here in Swan Lake in 1920

Background imageBallerina Collection: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev
Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias (1919-1991) British ballerina with Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993) Russian ballet dancer in 1962 with Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988) British choreographer

Background imageBallerina Collection: DEGAS: DANCERS, c1877. Two dancers on stage. Oil on canvas by Edgar Degas, c1877

DEGAS: DANCERS, c1877. Two dancers on stage. Oil on canvas by Edgar Degas, c1877

Background imageBallerina Collection: DEGAS: STAR, 1876-77. Edgar Degas: The Star or The Dancer on Stage. Pastel on paper, 1876-77

DEGAS: STAR, 1876-77. Edgar Degas: The Star or The Dancer on Stage. Pastel on paper, 1876-77

Background imageBallerina Collection: Ballerina & Snow

Ballerina & Snow
View from the Artists Window Romantic depiction of a young blonde ballerina looking at the snowy scene ouside

Background imageBallerina Collection: Anna Pavlova / Programme

Anna Pavlova / Programme
ANNA PAVLOVA Russian ballet dancer

Background imageBallerina Collection: ballerina's back 2

ballerina's back 2
Young beautiful ballerina is posing in studio. Alexander Yakovlev

Background imageBallerina Collection: A portrait of Anna Pavlova in her Swan Dance, 1923

A portrait of Anna Pavlova in her Swan Dance, 1923
A portrait of Anna Pavlova, the worlds greatest ballerina in her Swan Dance, 1923 Date: 1923

Background imageBallerina Collection: Dancers, Pink and Green, ca. 1890. Creator: Edgar Degas

Dancers, Pink and Green, ca. 1890. Creator: Edgar Degas
Dancers, Pink and Green, ca. 1890

Background imageBallerina Collection: Pantomime Characters, Commedia dell Arte

Pantomime Characters, Commedia dell Arte - Clown, Harlequin, Columbine and Pantaloon. 19th century

Background imageBallerina Collection: Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes

Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), British ballet dancer, pictured at her Kensington home repairing her ballet shoes around the time she danced the role of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at a Royal Command Gala

Background imageBallerina Collection: DEGAS: OPERA FOYER, 1872. Edgar Degas: Le foyer de la Danse a l Opera de la Rue le Peletier

DEGAS: OPERA FOYER, 1872. Edgar Degas: Le foyer de la Danse a l Opera de la Rue le Peletier. Oil on canvas, 1872

Background imageBallerina Collection: Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova (1881 - 1931), Russian ballet dancer as the Dying Swan in a performance of Swan Lake'. Date: 1912

Background imageBallerina Collection: The Dance Class, 1873-74 (oil on canvas)

The Dance Class, 1873-74 (oil on canvas)
XOS1127595 The Dance Class, 1873-74 (oil on canvas) by Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); 83.5x77.2 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; (add.info.: Class conducted by Jules Perrot)

Background imageBallerina Collection: BALLET: RITE OF SPRING. A soloist from the first English production of Igor Stravinsky s

BALLET: RITE OF SPRING. A soloist from the first English production of Igor Stravinsky s
BALLET: RITE OF SPRING. A soloist from the first English production of Igor Stravinskys ballet The Rite of Spring, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, 1913

Background imageBallerina Collection: Safrica-Art-Dance-Ballet

Safrica-Art-Dance-Ballet
Dancers perform during a dress rehearsal for the ballet Giselle at the Johannesburg Theatre on April 7, 2016. Giselle, choreographed by French ballet dancers Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Background imageBallerina Collection: DEGAS: BLUE DANCERS, c1890. Oil on canvas by Edgar Degas

DEGAS: BLUE DANCERS, c1890. Oil on canvas by Edgar Degas

Background imageBallerina Collection: DEGAS: BALLET CLASS, c1880. A Ballet Class. Oil on canvas by Edgar Degas, c1880

DEGAS: BALLET CLASS, c1880. A Ballet Class. Oil on canvas by Edgar Degas, c1880

Background imageBallerina Collection: Edward Seago and Alicia Markova

Edward Seago and Alicia Markova
Edward Seago(1910 - 1974) painting the ballerina Alicia Markova as a Sylphide. An exhibition of Seagos ballet paintings was displayed at Carroll Carstairs Gallery in New York

Background imageBallerina Collection: DEGAS: DANCER, 1881-83. Edgar Degas: Seated Dancer. Pastel on paper, 1881-83

DEGAS: DANCER, 1881-83. Edgar Degas: Seated Dancer. Pastel on paper, 1881-83

Background imageBallerina Collection: St. Petersburg, Russia; Ballet dancers onstage during the performance of Tchaikovskys ballet Swan

St. Petersburg, Russia; Ballet dancers onstage during the performance of Tchaikovskys ballet Swan
St.Petersburg, Russia; Ballet dancers onstage during the performance of Tchaikovskys ballet Swan Lake

Background imageBallerina Collection: Anna Pavlova / Rumney

Anna Pavlova / Rumney
ANNA PAVLOVA Russian ballet dancer on stage

Background imageBallerina Collection: Ballet in the dark

Ballet in the dark
Pattanawit Suntiniwat

Background imageBallerina Collection: Ballerinas in their dressing room

Ballerinas in their dressing room
Ballet dancers prepare for a performance in their dressing room. One dancer is seen applying make up, while the feet of another await her silk ballet slippers. c.1947

Background imageBallerina Collection: TAMARA KARSAVINA (1885-1978). Russian ballerina, in the ballet, Petrushka, by Igor Stravinksy

TAMARA KARSAVINA (1885-1978). Russian ballerina, in the ballet, Petrushka, by Igor Stravinksy, 1911

Background imageBallerina Collection: Presumed portrait of Marie Taglioni (1804-1884), dancer, 1828. Creator: Unknown

Presumed portrait of Marie Taglioni (1804-1884), dancer, 1828. Creator: Unknown
Presumed portrait of Marie Taglioni (1804-1884), dancer, 1828

Background imageBallerina Collection: Galina Ulanova, Russian Ballerina as Giselle

Galina Ulanova, Russian Ballerina as Giselle
Galina Ulanova (1910-1998), Russian Ballerina in the role of Giselle. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBallerina Collection: Mary Honer, ballerina in Les Sylphides, Vic-Wells Ballet

Mary Honer, ballerina in Les Sylphides, Vic-Wells Ballet
Mary Honer, ballerina in Les Sylphides, The Vic-Wells Ballet, supplement to The Dancing Times, December 1937 Date: 1937

Background imageBallerina Collection: Cover of Dance Magazine, April 1930

Cover of Dance Magazine, April 1930 with an illustration of the Chicago ballet dancer Ruth Pryor y T. Currie-Bell Date: 1930

Background imageBallerina Collection: The ballerina Emilie Bigottini 1784-1858

The ballerina Emilie Bigottini 1784-1858 dancing in the opera Nina, o sia la pazza per amore (Nina or the girl driven mad by love) by Giovanni Paisiello at the Opera Theatre, Paris, 1816

Background imageBallerina Collection: Ballet de Papa Chrysanthme (Study for one of the featured dancers)

Ballet de Papa Chrysanthme (Study for one of the featured dancers)
6359597 Ballet de Papa Chrysanthme (Study for one of the featured dancers), 1893 (oil on cardboard) by Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (1864-1901); 61x80.6 cm; Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi

Background imageBallerina Collection: Advertising vignette for Champagne wines representing a couple dancing around a cup

Advertising vignette for Champagne wines representing a couple dancing around a cup
AIS5371857 Advertising vignette for Champagne wines representing a couple dancing around a cup, 20th century (poster) by Nogues, Xavier (1873-1941); eIberfoto; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageBallerina Collection: Ballerina at class

Ballerina at class
Young beautiful ballet dancer is posing in studio. Alexander Yakovlev

Background imageBallerina Collection: Marie Salle dancing, 1732, (1908). Creator: Unknown

Marie Salle dancing, 1732, (1908). Creator: Unknown
Marie Salle dancing, 1732, (1908). Mlle. Salle Dansant (1732). Marie Salle (1707-1756) was a French dancer and choreographer

Background imageBallerina Collection: The Star (L Etoile), 1878. Artist: Edgar Degas

The Star (L Etoile), 1878. Artist: Edgar Degas
The Star (L Etoile), 1878. Painting housed in the Musee d Orsay, Paris. From French Painting by T. W. Earp. [Avalon Press, London, 1945]

Background imageBallerina Collection: Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, 1874. Artist: Edgar Degas

Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, 1874. Artist: Edgar Degas
Ballet Rehearsal on Stage, 1874. Found in the collection of the Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageBallerina Collection: Anna Pavlova and Marius Petipa

Anna Pavlova and Marius Petipa
Anna Pavlova (1881 -1931) elegantly striking a pose under the watchful eyes of her long running admirer the great Marius Petipa (1818 1910). Date: circa 1905

Background imageBallerina Collection: MELISSA HAYDEN (1923-2006). Canadian ballerina. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

MELISSA HAYDEN (1923-2006). Canadian ballerina. Photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956

Background imageBallerina Collection: Margot Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn
Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias (1919-1991) British ballerina before marriage as Margaret Hookham in 1939

Background imageBallerina Collection: Rudolf Nureyev during the press call for the Royal Ballets latest production Marguerite

Rudolf Nureyev during the press call for the Royal Ballets latest production Marguerite and Armand. March 1963

Background imageBallerina Collection: Portrait of Marie-Adeline Plunkett, 1854. Creator: Richard Buckner

Portrait of Marie-Adeline Plunkett, 1854. Creator: Richard Buckner
Portrait of Marie-Adeline Plunkett, 1854. Marie Adeline Plunkett was a star of the Romantic ballet. She made her first appearance in the ballet company of her Majestys Theatre, London in 1843

Background imageBallerina Collection: Advertising Poster for the Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova in the ballet Les sylphides by F. Chopin, 1909

Advertising Poster for the Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova in the ballet Les sylphides by F. Chopin, 1909. Found in the collection of the Russian State Library, Moscow

Background imageBallerina Collection: Vera Nemchinova, Russian ballet dancer, 1910s

Vera Nemchinova, Russian ballet dancer, 1910s. Nemchinova (1899-1984) as Golden Bird in the Ballet Russes production of Childrens Tales

Background imageBallerina Collection: Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina, in Swan Lake

Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina, in Swan Lake. circa 1920s

Background imageBallerina Collection: EDGAR DEGAS: DANCER. Oil on canvas

EDGAR DEGAS: DANCER. Oil on canvas

Background imageBallerina Collection: la Traviata in Pastels

la Traviata in Pastels
Charlaine Gerber

Background imageBallerina Collection: Two Dancers Resting (charcoal on paper)

Two Dancers Resting (charcoal on paper)
LEF221020 Two Dancers Resting (charcoal on paper) by Degas, Edgar (1834-1917); 78x81 cm; Private Collection; Photo eLefevre Fine Art Ltd. London; French, out of copyright



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"Ballerina: Graceful Icons of the Dance World" Step into a world where elegance and artistry intertwine, as ballerinas captivate audiences with their ethereal movements. From the iconic performances of Anna Pavlova dancing Swan Lake to the mesmerizing partnership of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev, these legendary dancers have left an indelible mark on ballet history. In Edgar Degas' masterpiece "The Star" or "The Dancer on Stage, " we glimpse into the enchanting world behind the curtains, where ballerinas transform into captivating characters from pantomime and Commedia dell Arte. Their delicate yet powerful expressions convey emotions that transcend words. As snowflakes gently fall in a winter wonderland, a ballerina gracefully twirls amidst this magical scene. The juxtaposition between fragility and strength is beautifully portrayed through her every move. Anna Pavlova's name echoes through time as she graces countless programmes with her extraordinary talent. Her portrait in her iconic Swan Dance transports us to a realm where grace meets vulnerability, leaving spectators breathless. Degas' brushstrokes come alive once more in his depiction of two dancers on stage. Through vibrant colors and meticulous details, he captures both the physicality and poetry inherent in ballet. In darkness, ballet takes on an entirely different allure - silhouettes moving effortlessly against dimly lit backdrops create an atmosphere filled with mystery and intrigue, and is here that dancers truly shine brightest. Degas' painting "Dancers, Pink and Green" showcases his fascination with capturing moments backstage - a glimpse into Margot Fonteyn repairing her ballet shoes reveals dedication beyond measure. These seemingly mundane tasks are essential components of creating magic onstage. Ballerinas embody beauty personified; they are vessels for dreams made tangible through dance. With each graceful leap and pirouette, they transport us to realms unknown - where artistry and passion intertwine, leaving an everlasting impression on our hearts.