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En Pointe: 1925

En Pointe: 1925

June 30, 1925. "Madame Lubouska, National American Ballet." The Russian dancer Desiree Lubowska. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

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I love this. It may have to replace the Krazy Kat Klub on my desktop.

Demi Pointe

Though it looks like she's en pointe, if you look closely she's actually on (a very nicely arched) demi-pointe. You can't go en point barefoot, and it doesn't look like she's wearing a shoe on the supporting foot as I first thought she was. Probably the illusion intended by the photographer.

Also, a little critique from a current dancer. Her chin is tilted too far up, and the arm pointing up should either have the hand turned in and be bent but align with the center of the head (once that's fixed), or should be as-is but straightened. Unless maybe she's doing some of that crazy "modern dancing." Those arches though - sublime!

I see Paris, I see France

No comment necessary.


Have been around longer than I thought.


With entertainment like Madame Lubouska, ya got no complaints.


This lady needs either a more opaque gown or a trip to Victoria's Secret.


You'd think the photographer could come up with a location that didn't have so many scraggly looking weeds.


Maybe a little too much so. I'll bet this didn't end up in the Sunday paper!

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