Tamara Karsavina

Ballet Dancer
Born Mar 10, 1885

Tamara Platonovna Karsavina was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. After settling in Hampstead, England, she began teaching ballet professionally and would become recognised as one of the founders of modern British ballet.… Read More

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1885 Birth Born on March 10, 1885.
1894 9 Years Old In 1894, after a rigorous examination, Karsavina was accepted at the Imperial Ballet School. … Read More


1896 11 Years Old It was unheard of at that time for women to begin dancing professionally before the age of eighteen, but her father had lost his teaching position at the school in 1896, leaving her family in dire straits financially. … Read More


1915 30 Years Old Her most famous roles were Lise in La Fille Mal Gardée, Medora in Le Corsaire, and the Tsar Maiden in The Little Humpbacked Horse. She was the first ballerina to dance in the so-called Le Corsaire Pas de Deux in 1915. … Read More
1917 32 Years Old In 1917 she married diplomat Henry James Bruce. … Read More


1959 74 Years Old In 1959 she advised Sir Frederick Ashton on his important revival of La Fille Mal Gardée for the Royal Ballet, in which she taught him Petipa's original mimed dialogue for the celebrated scene When I'm Married, as well as his choreography for the Pas de Ruban - two passages which are still retained in Ashton's production. … Read More
1978 93 Years Old Died on May 26, 1978.
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