At the turn of the twentieth century, many Russian dancers cast aside careers in the highly regarded Imperial Ballet for unknown futures in the West. Emigrating for a variety of personal and artistic reasons, some decided to remain abroad during the revolution and after the Tsar’s assassination. This microhistory explores one moment in the Russian exile movement when former Imperial Ballet dancers Adolph Bolm, Anna Pavlova, and Tamara Karsavina connected, or just missed connecting, in 1924 Chicago. Their reasons for being there diverged but all believed they had a mission to spread the gifts of Russian ballet.

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