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segunda-feira, 29 de abril de 2013

International Dance Day

International Dance Day was first introduced in 1982. It is held on 29 April as this is the birthdate of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet.

Margot Fonteyn (1919 - 1991), was an English ballet dancer, who was regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, Britain’s largest ballet company.

Margot Fonteyn was appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta (a very rare honour, reserved only for the most exceptional prima ballerinas), of the company by Queen Elizabeth II.

Margoy Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev first performed together in Giselle, in 1962. She was thinking of retirement from ballet when she met Rudolf Nureyev who had fled from the Soviet Union. She was 42 and he was 24. 

Their performance was a great success. They created a partnership that lasted until her retirement in 1979 at age 60.

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