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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Elizabeth Higgins

Throwback Thursday and Elizabeth Higgins

Elizabeth Twistington Higgins was born in 1923 and went on to become a beloved British ballerina. Because she could pirouette so well, one teacher called her Twizzy. Although Elizabeth never achieved the dance fame some others did at the time, her renown came in an unexpected way.

Stricken with polio at age 30, she became one of the unlucky victims that required an iron lung. Undaunted, she taught herself to breathe by using her neck muscles, and went on to develop a new artistic career as an author and an accomplished artist.

In addition to her beautiful paintings, she wrote Still Life (1969). A book on her life and art by Marc Alexander entitled The Dance Goes On was published in December 2016.

Elizabeth Twistington Higgins died in 1990.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #321:
“Elizabeth Twistington Higgins was called Twizzy because she could pirouette so well.”

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