Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova by Barbara Allman

By Barbara Allman

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1881, Anna Pavlova grew up dreaming of changing into a prima ballerina. all through her lifetime, Anna encouraged and inspired humans all over the world along with her particularly swish and expressive dance. Believing that expressing attractiveness is key to the human spirit, Anna strove to assist audiences become aware of the hovering attractiveness which can uplift their spirits.

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Anna stood watching from the wings with a mischievous grin. Even though she did not have children of her own, Anna loved children. After the Great War, she established a home in Paris for orphaned Russian girls. 54 The charity per formances she gave did not always cover expenses for the orphanage, so she used her own money to suppor t the home. It delighted Anna to visit the girls. She saw to it that each one was trained in a profession and that the home provided an atmosphere of beauty and simplicity.

Before a per formance, she went through pair after pair to find shoes that f it properly, and she rarely felt they 38 were per fect. Anna’s shoes were made especially for her in Milan, Italy, by a craftsman named Romeo Nicolini. He made them by hand to her specif ications, and he tried his best to please her. Sometimes Anna sent him drawings and measurements. When she was in Italy, she went to see Nicolini to demonstrate some steps so he could see how the shoes needed to f it. The shoemaker was honored that Anna wore his shoes.

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