Serge Diaghilev brought Anna Pavlova to
Anna was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on February 12, 1881 and entered the Imperial Ballet Academy at the age of ten. Upon her graduation in 1902, she joined the Maryinsky Theatre as second soloist and was promoted to first soloist the following year. With Cecchetti's help, Anna was promoted to ballerina in 1905, and Prima Ballerina in 1906, he was her favorite teacher, and mentor until her death. Mikhail Fokine choreographed "The Dying Swan" for her with music from Saint-Saen's "Carnival of the Animals." It became her signature solo.
Although she remained a member of the Maryinsky Theatre until 1913, she was rarely seen on stage in Russia. Pavlova's repertoire grew and was influenced by exposure to foreign cultures and by the innovations in classical technique and choreography being brought to the dance by Isadora Duncan and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Anna however, remained a more conservative classicist. She kept several her ballet classics, such as Giselle and The Sleeping Beauty, in her company's repertoire; her own popular signature pieces were the Bacchanale, a duet attributed to Pavlova's former fellow-student Mikhail Fokine, and her eerily beautiful The Swan.
It was Pavlova's ability to accept her role as ambassador for her art, often with a kind of zeal and self-discipline, that brought vast audiences to her and eventually to the ballet itself. She was willing to let her art find its own level of appreciation, whether in the most discriminating theaters of Europe or, when the economic stresses of maintaining an ungainly touring company dictated, in London's music halls or even New York's gigantic home to vaudeville, the Hippodrome.
Pavlova's rare private days were spent at Ivy House in Hampstead,