In her infancy this famous Russian artiste decided to become a dancer. She had been taken by her mother to see a ballet. The dancers fascinated her, and she exclaimed enthusiastically, "Oh, mother, that's what I want to do ! I want to be a dancer, too. I must dance. I'll never do anything else when I grow up." And it was this determination which led her parents, when she was ten years of age, to send Mdlle. Pavlova to the Imperial School of Dancing in St. Petersburg, where she studied under M. Petitpas, who danced with Taglioni and other great dancers of the past. And when the curtain fell after her debut
Underwood in the Russian capital her teacher put his hand on her head and said, " My child, you are the only woman fit to dance in Taglioni's shoes impressed was he with her performance. Since then Mdlle. Pavlova has astounded Europe with her genius, although it was not until 1908 that she made her first tour. She created a furore wherever she went, and it will be a long time before London forgets the sensation caused by her dancing when she first appeared at the Palace Theatre in 1910.