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

  • Markova, Dame Alicia 1910-2004. British ballerina known especially for her performance in Léonide Massine's Giselle.

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  • n. English ballet dancer (born in 1910)


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  • It was settled about a week ago, and we filed the stipulation this week, 'Markova's attorney,

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  • A frail child, who was mostly home schooled due to her shyness and several childhood illnesses, Markova originally started dancing for therapeutic reasons.

    Alicia Markova.

  • A strong Jewish influence in her youth was her Orthodox paternal great-grandfather, Abraham Marks, with whom the family lived briefly when Markova was very young.

    Alicia Markova.

  • Markova had loved music since she was a toddler and it quickly became clear that she was a natural, with great technical facility and, despite her shyness, a compelling stage presence.

    Alicia Markova.

  • Markova began study with Serafina Astafieva, a former star with the Ballets Russes company of Serge Diaghilev.

    Alicia Markova.

  • Markova was seen by Diaghilev himself the following year and was to be in his 1921 production of The Sleeping Princess, but two days before rehearsals began she was hospitalized with diphtheria.

    Alicia Markova.

  • Markova then traveled the globe as a guest artist, performing with her own and other ballet companies, as well as in concert programs, operas, on television, and even radio.

    Alicia Markova.

  • At the school Markova met the young Anton Dolin (born Patrick Kay, 1904 – 1983), with whom she later formed the first great ballet partnership of the twentieth century.

    Alicia Markova.

  • Markova made her professional debut at age ten in the pantomime Dick Whittington, dancing three solos, to such critical and popular success that Mrs. Marks decided to seek further training for her daughter.

    Alicia Markova.

  • Phyllis Spira was only sixteen when she began her ballet studies in London and had not been there long before her teachers began to refer to her as a “baby Markova.”

    Phyllis Spira.


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