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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday and Desiree Lubowska

Throwback Thursday and Desiree Lubowska

In the world of mysterious dancers we find Desiree Lubowska. There are many old photographs of her on Pinterest and other sites, showing her in a variety of Egyptian poses. But when one tries to find out more about her, the plot thickens.

Some sites call her a Russian ballerina, but she was not Russian – she was born in the United States in 1893. Her real name was Winifred Foote. It appears that she did what so many dancers did – and still do – take a Russian name in the hopes that it will give them more credibility as a dancer. Of course, with the name “Foote” it seems like she was already born with a memorable name for a dancer!

Madam Désirée Lubovska’s claim to fame seems to be simply that she popularized all things Egyptian, from her costumes to her poses, in the early 20th century.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #179:
“Desiree Lubowska was known for her role as Cleopatra.”

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“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Oscar Wilde

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