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Czarina Alexandra Feodorowna (1872-1918)
Czarina  Dance History origin - Anna Pavlova czarina waltz

            The Czarina means the wife of a Russian tsar or Russian empress. It is often spelt as tsaritsa, czaritza, tsarina and tsaritsa. It can also be used to state a level of a performer such as the "Czarina of Dance."

   The Czarina Waltz as a music goes back to the 1880's however Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) and Max Rabinoff are said to have created and danced the Czarina Waltz as a social dance around 1915, so maybe theirs was an official version thru choreography to said song or maybe that it was dedicated to Feodorowna 'the Czarina of Russia' which became popular do to Pavlova's popularity as a dancer at the time or maybe it was dedicated to Pavlova as the 'Czarina of dance', sorry but at the moment it is not clear. There were lessor known Czarina named dances such as Polkas, Mazurkas, Schottische etc. as well as even older 'Czar' named dances such as the Czar Polka etc.

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   There was a dancer called Czarina "The Clever Toe Dancer" who was popular around the 1900's. There is no known footage of Pavlova doing this waltz, but I put together a short clip of her social dancing a waltz to waltz music.


Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

USA 1880's / 1915 Pavlova and Rabinoff Ballroom

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music preview clip

Related Music Titles

n/a 1855 - Czar's Polka Video Clip not available at this time Czarina Mazurka
      1877 - The Czar's march Video Clip not available at this time Czarina Waltz
      1880 - Czarinna Valse Video Clip not available at this time Czas Do Domu
      1885 - Czarina; Grand Galop Fantistique Video Clip not available at this time Emperor Alexander's Waltz
      1897 - La Czarine Mazurka Video Clip not available at this time La Czarina
        Video Clip not available at this time La Czarina
        Video Clip not available at this time La Czarina Mazurka
        Video Clip not available at this time Oriental Mazurka ("aka: La Czarina")

Night Clubs



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Films / Movies


Ballets / Stage

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            10/4/1896 - Fort Wayne Morning Journal
            8/12/1899 - Naugatuck Daily News
            1/12/1901 - Up To Date, London (Ms. Czarina)
            4/13/1901 - Up To Date, London (Ms. Czarina)
            2/1915 - Ladies Home Journal (Instructions)

Other Related Dances of the time...

Aeroplane Waltz Castle Gavotte Gilda Glide Lambeth Walk Russian Dance
Animal dances Castle Polka Grizzly Bear Maxixe Tango
Apache Dance Castle Schottische Half and half Mazurka Russe Toddle
Boston waltz Castle Walk Hesitation waltz Novelette Turkey Trot
Bunny Hug Collegiate Dances Horsetrot One-step Two-step
Czarina Mazurka Fox Trot La Czarina Peabody Wallaby
Cakewalk Gaby Glide La Czarina Waltz Ragtime Dances Waltz

Dancers, Choreographers etc.


Anna Pavlova n/a Czar Nicolas II
Max Rabinoff   Czarina Alexandra Feodorowna (1872-1918)

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
Aesthetic Dancing Roth, Emil 1914 A.S. Barnes & Co.

Musicians, Composers etc


Poets / Writers

Ganne n/a Leo Tolstoy (Before and After the Ball) c.1903
Doremy, E.      
Hackh, Otto      

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

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