Pierina Legnani

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.

Pierina Legnani
Legnani in La Perle, 1896
Born30 September 1863
Died15 November 1930

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
  2. Wiley, Roland John (1997). The Life and Ballets of Lev Ivanov. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 165. ISBN 0-19-816567-6.
  3. Mary Clarke and David Vaughan (eds). 1977. The Encyclopedia of Dance and Ballet. London: Pitmans. p. 209
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-04-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)