Vaslav Nijinsky | The greatest male dancer of the early 20th century


It was his last dance. Vaslav Nijinsky,the Russian dancer and choregrapher of Polish descent encountered a group of Russian soldiers decamped outside of Vienna,during the last days of the World War 2,playing traditional folk tunes. Inspired by the music and his reunion with his ountrymen,Nijinsky leapt into an exquisite dance,astounding the men with the complexity and grace of his figures.

Vaslsv Nijinsky was born in 1889 or 1890 in Kiev,Ukraine,a part of Russian Empire as Waclaw Nizynski,to ethnic Polish parents,dancers Tomasz Nizynski and Eleonora Bereda.Nijinsky was christened in Warsaw,and considered himself to be a Pole despite difficulties in properly speaking the language as a result of his childhood in Russian's interior where his parents worked.


Sara Baras| An outstanding Flanmenco exponent

 She stood motionless and free of expression for the few moments of the song. As she began to feel the music,began a steady beat of loud hand clapping. As emotions began to build she started a passionate dance.The dance involved fierce stomping,sometimes got louder with percussion attachments on her shoes and graceful arm movements. It was Sara Pereyra Baras performing the flamenco dance which UNESCO has declared in 2010 as one of the "masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity".

Sara Baras is one of the internationally famous exponents of flamenco dance form which is a genre of Spanish music,song and dance form from Andalusia.


Margot Fonteyn| One of the greatest classical dancers of all time

 Her entire career was spent as a dancer with Royal Ballet and was eventually appointed "Prima Ballerina Assoluta" of the company by HM Queen Elizabeth 2.Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias,DBE,was an English ballerina of the 20th century.She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time.

        
          Fonteyn was born Margaret Hookham on 18 May 1919 in Reigate,Surrey,to an English father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother;her mother's father was the industrialist Antonio Fontes of Brazil. Very early in her career,Margaret transformed the Fontes into Fonteyn (a surname her bother adopted as well) and Margaret into Margot:thus her stage name.


Rudolf Nureyev| Creator of a new role for male ballet dancers

One of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century,Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev's artistic skills explored the expressive areas of the dance form,providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as the support the woman.


          Nureyev was born on 17th March,19,1938 on a Trans-siberin train near Irkutsk,Siberia,Soviet Union,while his mother Feride was travelling to Vladivostok,where his father Hamit,a Red Army political commissar,was stationed.When his mother took him and his sisters into a performance of the ballet "Song of the Cranes",he fell in love with dance. Nureyev was auditioned for the bolshoi ballet company and was accepted.

Michael Jackson| American Superstar

 A musical prodigy, Michael Jackson's singing and dancing talents were amazingly mature,and focus of The Jackson 5 comprising his brothers Jackie,Tito,Jermaine and Marlon..

          An opening act for such soul groups as the O-Jays and James Brown,it was Gladys Kight who officially brought the group to Berry Gordy;s attention,and by 1969,the boys were producing back-to-back chartbusting hits as Motown artists ("I Want You Back","ABC"."Never can Say Goodbye","Got to Be There,"etc.). As a product of the 1970s,the boys emerged as one of the most accomplished black pop/soul vocal groups in music history,successfully evoliving from a group like The Temptations to a disco phenomenon.


            Michael Jackson was born in Gary,Indiana,on August 29,1958,and entertained audiences nearly his entire life.His father,Joe Jackson,had been a guitarist but was forced to give up his musical interests at home.

Rukmini Devi Arundale| Important revivalist of Bharata Natyam

When Bharata Natyam was considered a low and vulgar art in the 1930s Rukmini Devi espoused the cause of this classical dance form despite strong public protests. Recognizing the beauty and the spiritual value of this art form,she not only learned the dance,but also presented it on stage despite strong public protests.

Rukmini Devi was considered as the most important revivalist in the Indian classical dance form of Bharat Natyam from its original 'sadhir' style,prevalent amongst the temple dancers,Devadasis,she also worked for the re-establishment of traditional Indian arts and crafts.

Rukmini Devi features in India Today's list of '100 People who shaped India' She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956,and sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1967.


Isadora Duncan| creator of modern dance

Isadora Duncan's philosophy of dance moved away from rigid ballet technique and towards what she perceived as natural movement. To restore dance to a high art form instead of entertainment,she sought the connection between emotions and movement.


       She wanted the dance to be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body's movement.Duncan was inspired by ancient Greece and combined it with an American love of freedom.This is exemplified in her revolutionary costume of a white Grecian tunic and bare feet.Inspired by Grecian forms,her tunice also allowed a freedom of movement corseted ballet costumes were not the only inspiration Duncan took from Greece.Both in her professional and private lives,Duncan flouted traditional mores and morality.