Ballet is highly a technical form of dance with its origins in the Italian Renaissance court, where it emerged in the late 15th century as a dance interpretation of fencing. Later, ballet was then developed into a very complicated dance works with mime, acting and other components that are set to music. Ballet has the graceful, flowing and very precise movements with almost ethereal qualities.
Margot Fonteyn was born on 1919 in Reigate, Surrey , England , as Margaret Hookham. She joined Vic-Wells Ballet in 1934. Margot had quick progress and in 1939 she had already danced Giselle, Odette-Odile and Aurora . She have became the world's greatest ballerina and could have retired as such when she was 40 but her meeting with Rudolf Nureyev in 1962 gave the world the magic of their great partnership and her career continued until she was 58.
Anna Pavlova was born on 1881 in St Petersburg . She had studied with the Imperial Ballet School attached to the Mariinsky Theatre. Anna's main teacher was Marius Petipa. Anna made her debut at 17, and by 1906 she had become the Mariinsky's principal ballerina. She made her first foreign tour in 1907, and in 1908, on her second, joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
She purchased Ivy House in Hampstead , England in 1912, where she established her own school of dance. In 1912, Anna made her last appearance in St. Petersburg and spent the rest of her career almost constantly on tour, bringing ballet to millions for the first time through the drawing power of her legendary name.
Svetlana Lunkina was born on 1972 in Moscow. Svetlana joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1997 after she graduated from the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Svetlana was appointed principal in 2005. Lunkina is coached by Ekaterina Maximova and was only 18 years when she made her debut as Giselle at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Beryl Grey was born on 1927 in London . Beryl joined Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1941 and danced the full-length Swan Lake in 1942 on her 15th birthday. Grey was a famous Lilac Fairy and Queen of the Wilis. Beryl became the first English dancer to appear as guest ballerina with the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet in 1957.
Beryl holds numerous honorary doctorates and was awarded the CBE for her services to dance in 1973 and created a Dame of the British Empire in 1988. She has been the Vice President of the Royal Academy of Dancing since 1980, is President of the Imperial Society of Dancing and a Director of The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Beryl was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Coronation Award by Dame Antoinette Sibley in September 1997. The Award was given by the Royal Academy of Dancing to individuals in recognition of great contribution to the world of ballet.
Alicia Alonso was born on 1920 in Havana , Cuba . Alicia studied in Havana , then in New York with Vilzak and at the School of American Ballet , and later with Volkova in London . In the year 1940, she joined the American Ballet Theatre and danced with them until 1960. Alonso was an intensely dramatic dancer as well as a pure technician. She formed a great partnership with Youskevithc,
The most famous role of Alicia was Giselle, but she also created roles in Tudor's Undertow (1945), Balanchine's Theme and Variations (1947), de Mille's Fall River Legend (1948), and the title role in Alberto Alonso's Carmen (1967).
She founded her very own school of ballet; Ballet Alicia Alonso in Cuba in 1950. The school changed its name to National Ballet of Cuba in 1960. Alicia Alonso was the director and prima ballerina, and they toured widely in the USSR , China and Europe .