Prime ballerine There were only two prime ballerine assolute in Imperial Russia
Pierina Legnani (1863-1923). She was an Italian ballerina . From 1893 until 1901 she was Prima Ballerina Assoluta with the Tsars Imperial Ballet. Legnani trained at La Scala where she developed her technical expertise. She was the first Ballerina to perform 32 fouettés en tournant .
Mathilde Kschessinska. (1672-1971). She was the first Russian prima ballerina assoluta in the world.
and two prime ballerine assolute in Soviet Russia
Galina Ulanova (1909-1998) In 1944 , when her fame reached Stalin, he had her transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre , where she would be the prima ballerina assoluta for 16 years.
Maya Plisetskaya (1925) Prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet from 1943 to 1960 and prima ballerina assoluta from 1960 to 1990.
Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) In 1979, she received the rare title, "Prima Ballerina Absoluta" of the Royal Ballet