The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet is a school of classical ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Established in 1738 during the reign of Empress Anna, the academy was known as the Imperial Ballet School up until Soviet times, when, after a brief hiatus, the school was re-established as the Leningrad State Choreographic Institute.
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Anna Pavlovna Pavlova (Feb 12, 1881, Saint Petersburg, Russia ~ Jan 23, 1931, The Hague, Netherlands): Russian prima ballerina of late 19th and early 20th centuries. Principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Wikipedia ~Repinned Via Maria Verdi
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Anastasia Matvienko, 2013 Dance Open Ballet Festival, Savonlinna, Finland - Photo by Stas Levshin - Ballet, балет, Ballett, Bailarina, Ballerina, Балерина, Ballarina, Dancer, Dance, Danse, Danza, Танцуйте, Dancing, Russian Ballet