Prima Ballerina

Anna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881, in St. Petersburg, Russia. After attending the Imperial Dance School, she made her company debut in 1899 at the Mariinsky Theatre. Her career blossomed and in 1905 she danced her breakthrough performance as lead solo in The Dying Swan, with music by Camille Saint-Saëns. It  was to become Pavlova’s signature role.

Pavlova toured internationally and in 1909, after having completed her second tour, she was invited to join Ballet Russe. Interesting fact….The Ballet Russe frequently visited Australia, going some way towards explaining the instrumental role of Russian ballet’s on Australian dance.
In 1911 Pavlova took a major step in her career, unheard of at the time. She formed her own ballet company – you go girlfriend! An astute, and many say, ruthless business woman, she retained complete creative control over performances, choreography and independent tours. For two decades she toured with her company all over the world, inspiring young dancers and audiences wherever she went. The great Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926 and Australia again in 1929.
Yes we quite like Pavlova here in Australia. We all know that the dessert dish is named after her and that there has been a Trans Tasman tussle for as long as anyone can remember as to whether its a Kiwi or Australian invention. A brilliant article in Good Food suggests neither New Zealand nor Australia can claim to having invented the Pav  but both can claim to caring most about it.
After reading so much about Anna and viewing so many pavlovas online, I am just about pavlovaed out – though I am quite smitten by a pavlova in a mason jar – must give that a burl some time. I have stayed well away from food references for my wrap. I also opted to stay away from ballerina patterns – which are fine for little girl but this lady was extraordinary and was a trail blazer in ways that transcended her balletic prowess. I concentrated instead on beautiful ballet pink patterned paper reminiscent of her era, as well as velvet and silk textures for a strong feminine look – just like the lady herself.

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