L' Allegro Posted August 28, 2006 Report Share Posted August 28, 2006 I read accounts of virtuoso dancers from the 19th century. And I wonder: were they really that good? By today's standards? How wood they measure up to today's dancers? Like Marie Taglioni, Fanny Essler (spell?), and the famous dancers of those days. My first doubts appeared in regard to these dancers when I read in my ABT book that a male dancer of ABT said that when he first joined the company, no male dancer could lift his leg over 90 degrees. (I beleive this was in the '40s) Thanks! (I hope this is a legitimate question, and doesn't offend anyone) Quote Link to comment
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