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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Superstition and Anna Pavlova

Superstition and Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova was known to be a superstitious dancer – not uncommon for her time. She requested to be carried over the threshold when entering a theater for the first time to avoid any bad luck that might await her. Also, she would never look at images of herself on posters or advertisements.

The Palace Theatre in London that opened in 1891 is believed to be haunted by Pavlova’s ghost,  along with several other ghosts (for details see this article : https://australianballet.com.au/behind-ballet/very-supersitious ). Witnesses claim to see an apparation that looks like Pavlova on the theater’s stage.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret #141:
“The ghost of Anna Pavlova is believed to haunt the Palace Theatre.”

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"I am haunted by the need to dance. It is the purest expression of every emotion, earthly and spiritual."
- Anna Pavlova

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