ballerinas during a rehearsal for swan lake at the grand opera de paris in 1930

photos by alfred eisenstaedt, courtesy of life magazine.


  1. My lord, the contrast of the pale, archetypal ballerina with this strange, labyrinthine room – the windows look like entrances to some kind of dark hive. Reminds me of the music video for Interpol’s Lights.

  2. I love ballet and ballerinas.. they always fascinate me..
    I started taking up ballet lesson:>

  3. I would be very interested to know who is the Ballet-Master-Teacher ??? Leo Staats, Albert Aveline ??? Do you have any clue ???

  4. And I sincerely don’t think it is a Swan Lake’s rehearsal ! it is rather a ballet class as in this time, dancers were working with this outfits ;-)

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