Tamara Karsavina was a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later Diaghilevs Ballets Russes. After graduating from the Imperial Ballet School, she was a leading ballerina of Tsars Imperial Ballet
Ballet dancer Tamara Karsavina in 'The Firebird', 1912. Karsavina (1885-1978) was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. After settling in Hampstead, England, she began teaching ballet professionally and would become recognized as one of the founders of modern British ballet.