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Anna Pavlova made her company debut at the Maryinsky on September 19, 1899. Competition from her contemporaries and near-contemporaries was marked, yet Anna Pavlova soon claimed as her own a loyal sector of Maryinsky balletomanes, who recognized in the young dancer an extraordinarily poetic and expressive quality.

"Anna Pavlova, presumably the most prominent Russian ballerina, won acclaim in not in the least due to her performance in Don Quixote. Photo: Anna Pavlova performing in Don Quixote.