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Allman, Barbara.
New York : Carolrhoda Books, 2001
IL 3-6, RL 6.8
ISBN 0822569914
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When Anna  Pavlova was born in 1881, she came early.  She was tiny and frail.  Her father died soon after and it was just Anna and her mother scraping by.  When Anna was 8, her mother took her to the ballet and Anna was hooked.  She begged her mother to let her study at the Imperial Ballet School.  It was a boarding school and although her mother was reluctant to have Anna leave, she also knew that the school would feed Anna and teach her and keep her safe.  The school made Anna wait until she was 10 to enter.  Anna was smaller than the other students and her teachers didn't think she would ever be strong enough to be a good dancer.  Through hard work and the help of some good teachers, Anna was to prove them wrong.  Even when her first performance didn't go well (Anna tripped and fell during her dance), Anna continued to practice and dream.  Through hard work and perseverance, Anna not only became a prima ballerina, she changed ballet forever.

SUBJECTS:     Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931.
                        Ballet dancers.
                        Women -- Biography.

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