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Anna Pavlova

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Anna Pavlovna Pavlova (English: PAV-lə-və, pahv-LOH-və, pav-, Russian: Анна Павловна Павлова [ˈanːə ˈpavləvnə ˈpavləvə]), born Anna Matveyevna Pavlova (Russian: Анна Матвеевна Павлова [ˈanːə mɐtˈvʲe(j)ɪvnə ˈpavləvə]; February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 – January 23, 1931), was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for her creation of the role of The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour around the world, including South America, India and Australia.