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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605985783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605985787
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tina Sutton is currently a fashion, features and arts writer for The Boston Globe and has been a writer,researcher, and journalist for over thirty years. She also researches and writes material for museum and art catalogs and the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center.

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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2014
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World-famous ballerina, Alicia Markova, was not Russian as her adopted name suggests, but British, and was born Lilian Alicia Marks into a Jewish family in England in 1910, the same year that the legendary Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, made her first appearance on the London Stage. A shy, frail child with flat feet, knock knees and weak legs, Alicia started ballet lessons when her mother, an ardent ballet fan, was advised that learning to dance might help strengthen Alicia's legs and feet. Alicia took to ballet lessons with application and enthusiasm, and she was soon surprising her teachers and fellow students with her astonishing talent, earning herself the title of 'The Child Pavlova'. In fact, by the age of fourteen, her dancing skills were so impressive that when Sergei Diaghilev saw her dance, she was accepted into the Ballets Russes as his 'baby ballerina' - the youngest ever dancer to be offered a place in the renowned ballet company.

At the Ballets Russes, Alicia received music tutelage from Igor Stravinsky; she took dance lessons with ballet master, Enrico Cecchetti; she worked with choreographer, George Ballanchine, and had her costumes designed by Henri Matisse; and through a combination of natural talent and very hard work, she began to develop a technical brilliance that soon had her winning solo roles and the respect and envy of those in the dancing world. Tiny in stature (as an adult dancer she sometimes struggled to maintain seven stones in weight) and with size 2.5 feet (all of her ballet shoes had to be made specially for her), Alicia Markova seemed to defy gravity, as she appeared to fly through the air and land 'like a snowflake'.
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One might think that there is nothing new to write about Markova. This book however for the first time draws upon her full archive it also sets the work of Markova in context with the period and the with the establishment of British ballet . Far from an academic tome the 670 pages with photos is a easy enjoyable read both fascinating for those knowledgeable about ballet or students of dance history but of interest too to those interested in people and conveys much of her modest character.
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By Wendy Jackson on 20 Jan. 2015
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A ground breaking period in British ballet and a fascinating life story.
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By reneeg on 23 Jan. 2015
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bought as present, lovely
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tonnelier on 23 Sept. 2014
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Disappointing. The author having had access to Markova's archives I expected more than a never-ending review of her press cuttings and a more balanced critique of the dancer and her life. The author is over-biased to her subject, yet the dancer emerges as a distant, asexual figure.
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