Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire was an english ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet. 
Most noted for her career with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and touring internationally, she was widely considered to be one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of the twentieth century. She was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company and, with Dame Margot Fonteyn, is one of only two English dancers to be recognised as a prima ballerina assoluta. Markova was a founder dancer of the Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
  In 1950, Markova and Dolin became the co-founders of the Festival Ballet. In 1989, the Festival Ballet was renamed English National Ballet.  She remained the Prima ballerina until 1952, after which she continued to appear regularly as a guest dancer until her retirement from professional dancing.
  Markova was Patron/President for numerous dance organisations, including serving as President of English National Ballet, a Governor of The Royal Ballet and vice President of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Markova in "The Dying Swan". 1948


in "La Chatte".

A. Markova. 1963