Here’s a picture of “baby ballerina” Suzanne Farrell of New York City Ballet, mid-pirouette while on tour in Amsterdam fifty-four years ago.
25th August 1965.
Farrell’s autobiography is
. Holding On to the Air
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Dancers of the ballet company of the
Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse in France, onstage on the 20th of March, 1968.
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US President Richard Nixon’s
historic visit to China in 1972 resulted in significant changes in relations between the two countries.
During the visit, Nixon and his wife attended a performance of the communist ballet
. The ballet, based on a 1961 film of the same name, which itself was based on a book, was staged on the Red Detachment of Women 22nd of February, 1972.
Red Detachment of Women, one of only a few ballets permitted in China during the Cultural Revolution, is still in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China.
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January 1953: Evelyn Stillwell teaches a ballet class in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
Photographed by Charles Barron.
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This 1950s image shows dancers of the Borovansky Ballet in the snow scene from
The Nutcracker. The company, created by Czech immigrant Edouard Borovansky and his wife Xenia in the 1940s, was used as the basis for The Australian Ballet, which was founded in 1962.
From the National Library of Australia, Canberra.
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English ballerina Margot Fonteyn, one of the only dancers in history to hold the title of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, is seen here in a photograph dated the
11th of October, 1949.
Fonteyn was dancing the opening night performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.
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10th September 1958: New Zealand-born ballerina Rowena Jackson stars in a (British) Royal Ballet performance of Swan Lake at the Empire Theatre in Sydney, Australia.
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