Fokina in Der blaue Gott, 1914

Ballett Tänzerin Vera Fokina Tänzerin (Russland). Rollenporträt in dem Ballett “Der blaue Gott” (The Blue God), 1914. (Photo by Ullstein Bild). | src and hi-res Getty Images

Dancer Ludmila Alekseeva

Ludmila Alekseeva (1890-1964), early 1920s. Alekseeva studied with one of the first Russian “Duncan dancers”, Ella Rabenek. Later she creates a form of training that would develop the qualities needed for plastic dance. Alekseeva taught the art of moving beautifully: every exercise was a short plastic study. Alekseeva worked on the creation of “harmonious” gymnastics. Later, she called this “artistic gymnastics”. | src The Calvert Journal (Poetry in Motion)

Russian dancer Maya, 1923

Carneval. Gekostumeerde feesten. De russische danseres Maja tijdens een bal in Parijs, Frankrijk, 1923. | Carnival. Costumed parties. Russian dancer Maya at a ball in Paris, 1923. | src Het Leven Spaarnestad Photo

Anna Robenne in “Mot ljuset”

Russian dancer Anna Robenne in “Mot ljuset” [Towards the Light]. The picture shows how Robenne took an active part in the typical trend of the time. Both Finnish and American material contain traces that indicate that nude dancing was an important component of her broad repertoire. Photographer: Hammarqvist (Olsson’s name has been deleted on one of the pictures in the series). Image source: Theater History Archive, Gothenburg City Museum via I avantgardets skugga by Rikard Hoogland (Published by Gothenburg University)

Ludmilla Speranzewa, 1926

Balletdanseres Ludmilla Speranzewa, 1e danseres Theater te Moskou, die momenteel in Berlijn succesvol is. 1926. Ballet dancer Ludmilla Speranzewa, 1st ballerina at Moscow Theater, who is currently successful in Berlin, 1926. Spaarnestad Photo. Het Leven magazine. | src Het Geheugen