Mathilde Kschessinska

“If you miss one class, you know it; if you miss two classes, your teacher knows it, and if you miss three classes, the audience knows it.”

—Mathilde Kschessinska

Mathilde Kschessinska (1872-1971) was a flamboyant and controversial ballerina of the Imperial Russian Ballet. The first Russian to be given the title Prima Ballerina Assoluta, after mastering 32 consecutive fouettés en tournant (“whipped turns” done in place and on one leg), a feat considered in that era the supreme achievement in dance technique.

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