Pierina Legnani (1863–1930) was an Italian ballerina considered one of the greatest ballerinas of all time. She was born on September 30, 1863 in Milan. From 1893 until 1901 she was Prima Ballerina Assoluta with the Mariinsky Ballet at the Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. Legnani trained at La Scala where she developed her technical expertise. She was the first ballerina to introduce the 32 fouettés en tournant into the coda of the Grand Pas d'action of the ballet Cinderella. The 32 turns on pointe is a bravura procedure emphasising the strength and technique of the dancer. Legnani danced the rôles of Odette and Odile in the 1895 Riccardo Drigo revised version of the ballet Swan Lake. Her last performance was in the Minkus/Petipa ballet La Camargo on January 28, 1901 after which she retired to live in her villa at Lake Como. She served on the examining board of La Scala Ballet School until four months before she died. She died on November 15, 1930.
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