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Ballet class (1955)

Ballet class (1955)

Photos by Kim Camba (1973)

Dancing Divas under twelve, photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1935)

Dancing Divas under twelve, photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1935)

Stroboscopic portrait of ballerina Nora Kaye, by Gjon Mili (1947)

Stroboscopic portrait of ballerina Nora Kaye, by Gjon Mili (1947)

Emmy Towsey and Evelyn Ippen, Bodenwieser Ballet in Centennial Park, photo by Max Dupain (1939)

Emmy Towsey and Evelyn Ippen, Bodenwieser Ballet in Centennial Park, photo by Max Dupain (1939)

Ballet Society, by Irving Penn

Ballet Society, by Irving Penn

Swan Lake Rehearsal in Paris, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1930)

Swan Lake Rehearsal in Paris, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1930)

Ballet dancers rehearsing (1963)

Ballet dancers rehearsing (1963)

Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse

Valentina Blinova

Valentina Blinova

Anna Pavlova as The Dying Swan (1910)
While touring in The Hague, Netherlands, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation. She was also told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it. She refused to have the surgery, saying “If I can’t dance then I’d rather be dead.” She died of pleurisy, three weeks short of her 50th birthday. She was holding her costume from The Dying Swan when she spoke her last words, “Play the last measure very softly.”

Anna Pavlova as The Dying Swan (1910)

While touring in The Hague, Netherlands, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation. She was also told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it. She refused to have the surgery, saying “If I can’t dance then I’d rather be dead.” She died of pleurisy, three weeks short of her 50th birthday. She was holding her costume from The Dying Swan when she spoke her last words, “Play the last measure very softly.”

Members of the Metropolitan Opera’s ballet practicing, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1936)

Members of the Metropolitan Opera’s ballet practicing, by Alfred Eisenstaedt (1936)

Allegra Kent and Eddie Viella by Bert Stern (1966)

Allegra Kent and Eddie Viella by Bert Stern (1966)

Barbara Morgan, The Kick (1940)

Barbara Morgan, The Kick (1940)

Tamara Karsavina rehearsing with Margot Fonteyn for "Le Spectre de la Rose"

Tamara Karsavina rehearsing with Margot Fonteyn for "Le Spectre de la Rose"