Friday, July 02, 2004

Kschessinska, Mathilde

Kschessinska also spelled  Kshessinska,  Russian  in full Mathilda-maria Feliksovna Kshesinskaya  prima ballerina assoluta of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the first Russian dancer to master 32 consecutive fouettés en tournant (“whipped turns” done in place and on one leg), a feat previously performed only by Italian dancers and considered in that era the supreme achievement in dance

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