from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Karsavina, Tamara 1885-1978. Russian ballerina noted for her partnership (1909-1913) with Vaslav Nijinsky. She was a founder of London's Royal Academy of Dancing (1920).

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  • n. Russian dancer who danced with Nijinsky (1885-1978)


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  • In return for loans, admirers were granted social access to the dancers, who usually played along courteously enough, although Karsavina drew the line at encouraging the lesbian attentions of one Madame Ephrussi, the wife of a prominent backer.

    Sergei Diaghilev: first lord of the dance

  • She also made lifelong friendships and artistic contacts that served her well in establishing her own company later on, when several dancers, including Karsavina, appeared with her group

    Marie Rambert.

  • A painful example of Mr. LLOYD GEORGE'S ignorance is forthcoming in the astounding fact that he is, or was, under the impression that Karsavina was the name of a town, and that the only musician of the name of Corelli was the author of _The Sorrows of Satan_.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-02-04

  • Karsavina appeared in a new Ballet at the Marinsky, all dance-loving Russia coming to see her.

    Chapter 1. Background

  • I think Karsavina must have wondered what it would be like to dance before that tired, undernourished crowd instead of her once glittering and exclusive little band of nobles.

    Six Red Months in Russia: An Observer's Account of Russia Before and During the Proletarian Dictatorship

  • I shall always remember Karsavina, the most beautiful dancer in the world, in those meagre days, dancing to a packed house.

    Six Red Months in Russia: An Observer's Account of Russia Before and During the Proletarian Dictatorship

  • He treats his mother's shocked amazement with brutal scorn; he ridicules Lyda's shame at being enceinte; he seduces Karsavina, at the very time when she is in love with Jurii, and reasons with cold patience against her subsequent remorse.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

  • The four women in the story, Sanin's sister Lyda, the pretty school-teacher Karsavina, Jurii's sister, engaged to a young scientist, who during the engagement cordially invites her brother to accompany him to a house of ill-fame, and the mother of Sanin, are all thoroughly conventional, and are meant to be.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

  • Karsavina rose up before him, soothing his heated senses.


  • Society's view of such affairs and is near broken by it; Sanine sustains Karsavina and brings her to the idea, cherished by Thomas



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