The name of this famous dancer will go down to posterity as one of the finest exponents of ballet dancing. It was at the beginning of 1910 that she first startled London as premiere danseuse at the Empire Theatre, London, when she was hailed with delight by the critics. Her first successes were achieved at the Imperial Theatre, St. Petersburg, She has been studying dancing seriously since she was eight years old. Her father and mother were in no way connected with the stage, but her brother was in the ballet of the Imperial Theatre, and Lydia was allowed to enter the school attached to the theatre, which has for its object the training of children for the ballet. Here the children are not only taught the elements of their art, but their general education is also taken in hand. For eight years Mdlle. Kyasht worked in the theatrical school, making her debut when she was sixteen in a dance with her brother. This was in 1903, and since then she has gone from one triumph to another.
Mdlle. Lydia Kyasht Bassano