Mikhail Mikhailovich Mordkin, Russian dancer and teacher was born in Moscow , on December 9, 1880, into the family of the violinist of the Imperial Theatres. At the age of nine he entered Moscow Imperial Ballet School . Upon graduation in 1900, he was accepted to the company as a soloist. Very soon he was promoted to premier danseur, the highest rank in the company, and was among the first Russian dancers to perform outside Russia .

In 1909, he appeared as Anna Pavlova's partner in London and United States . His personal success was equal to Pavlova's, and their partnership became one of the first ballet legends of the century.

In the fall of 1924, he finally managed to obtain permission to leave for a tour to the United States . He never went back. In 1927, Mikhail Mordkin opened Mordkin School of Dance.

His popularity as a dancer was enormous, he was one of the first male ballet stars of Russia , but it is as a teacher that he is best remembered in the United States . He died in New York on July 15, 1944.

The front of this card is printed "11645B....Michael Mordkin....Rotary Photo, E.C." and on the reverse "Rotary Photographic Series...Printed in Britain". The back is divided and postally unused. This card is in very good condition.

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