Ballet Dancer, Deceased Person
1943 – 2008
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Who was Phyllis Spira?
Phyllis Bernice Spira was a South African ballet dancer who was awarded the title of prima ballerina assoluta in 1984. She was the daughter of Lazar and Fanny Pauline Spira. She was often compared to the great dancer Alicia Markova by contemporaries and critics. Ninette de Valois referred to her as "a baby Markova", while the editor of Dance & Dancers, Peter Williams, said that "Spira looked uncannily like Markova as well as having a flavour of Fonteyn, but with an approach all her own."
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- Oct 18, 1943
- South Africa
- Royal Ballet School
- Mar 11, 2008
on July 23, 2013
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