Story: Ballet

Anna Pavlova, 1926

When she visited New Zealand in 1926, Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was greeted with great enthusiasm. Before her Wellington performances, the Evening Post newspaper described Pavlova as a 'great dancer' of 'outstanding genius', for whose work audiences had displayed the 'utmost enthusiasm'. Pavlova's dancers, like those who visited with Danish dancer Adeline Genée in 1913,  were trained in the Russian tradition.

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Jennifer Shennan, 'Ballet - Beginnings of ballet in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

Story by Jennifer Shennan, published 22 Oct 2014