Pierina Legnani

Pierina Legnani
Legnani in La Perle, 1896
Born30 September 1863
Died15 November 1930
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Pierina Legnani (1863–1930) was an Italian ballerina who introduced the 32 fouettés en tournant to the ballet world in 1893.[1][2] She was born on 30 September 1863 in Milan, Italy. From 1893 until 1901, she was Prima Ballerina Assoluta at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.[3] Legnani trained at La Scala.

Legnani danced Odette/Odile in the 1895 revised version of Swan Lake. Her last performance was in Petipa's La Camargo on 28 January 1901. She retired to her villa at Lake Como.[4] She was on the examining board of La Scala Ballet School until four months before her death. She died on 15 November 1930.


  1. Ballet Bag: Cinderella
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  3. Mary Clarke and David Vaughan (eds). 1977. The Encyclopedia of Dance and Ballet. London: Pitmans. p. 209
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