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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Ballerina Ghosts

Throwback Thursday and Ballerina Ghosts

Although Halloween is over, I thought it would be worth mentioning that many theaters around the world are said to be home to “ballerina ghosts”.

Does the ghost of Anna Pavlova still haunt the Palace Theater in London? Supposedly her specter has been glimpsed – “halfway through the stage floor”. This is because the current stage floor is higher than the one Pavlova performed on. There is another ghost in this same theater that is said to be that of an unknown young dancer who committed suicide in a back staircase.

The Lyceum Theater in Crewe, England, is believed to be haunted by several spirits, including a dancer who killed herself in her dressing room. Today many cast members say they have seen her ghost watching performances from the wings.

At Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, one of the most frequently experienced ghosts is said to that of Olive Thomas, a Zeigfeld dancer. She appears so often that photographs of her have placed at each entrance so workers remember to say hello to her, and thus keep her mischief to a minimum.

There are many other theater ghosts that may or may not ballerinas. A Google search will reveal many other stories and sightings.

Something to think about for next Halloween.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 233
“Many theaters are said to be haunted by ballerina ghosts.”

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“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” 
Stephen King

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