• Quite a story! I would have loved to see her dancing on the stage.

    • Me too Leora, She must have been amazing. I do hope you watch er story on PBS. I think you really enjoy it. ?

  • I hope to be able to catch that film. So many people struggle even today to be able to pursue their art, whether it be music dance or visual arts. This is someone who made a lasting contribution to her discipline. It leaves one to wonder what she might have accomplished had she been supported and in a stable environment throughout her career.

    • Hi Ken, That is a very good question. She was overlooked partly because of her talent… how sad. Regardless, she persevered and accomplished much with so little. ?

  • She sounds like a woman with a passion for sure, and so sad that she didn’t realise she had the recognition she deserved. Thanks for this Susan, & I’ll try & catch the film:-)

    • Hi Kathy, It’s a great story. I do believe you’d enjoy it. Let me know when you do catch and what your thoughts were when you do. ?

  • Susan — I’m glad to know about Mia. I’m a ballet buff with a particular interest in the Diaghilev and Ballet Russe era in Paris and the founding of the School of American Ballet in 1934 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirsten. They introduced ballet to the US as an art form. I collect ballet books and I just looked at the latest (and supposedly definitive) biography of Diaghilev and see no mention of Mia Slavenska. Also didn’t find her mentioned in another couple of books from that period. I’m glad to see her getting the recognition she deserves and I’ll tune in to the PBS special.

    • Hi Jeannette, That was what drove her daughter to work with PBS to do this documentary. It’s a great story of someone who was overlooked, nonetheless a very important factor in the ballet scene today. If you go the PBS site you might find a way to view it on your desktop. Just a thought. ?

  • I have never heard of her till now, so I want to say thank you for bringing her to my attention

    • You are so welcome Jo-Anne. She was quite a talent that does deserve this recognition. ?

  • Hi Susan

    I love inspirational stories and Mia was really an inspiration to the whole world. It is a great thing that she followed her passion and through her achievement brought light to cheography in America

    Thanks for sharing this awesome story. I would definitely watch the movie.

    • Hi Awazie, Thanks a bunch. Mia was a great talent and quite a lady for sure and you are so very welcome. ?

  • MinaJoshi5409

    I am going to look up more information about Mia. So glad to read that her daughter was able to tell her mother’s story.

    • That would be awesome Mina. Her daughter’s promised fulfilled many things, one being the discovery of her mother’s recognition in her home country of Croatia. ?

  • What a timely post this is. My granddaughter has a ballet recital this coming Sunday so I’m completely tuned in to anything ballet. How difficult it must have been for Mia to arrive in a strange land – speaking a different language – and finding your passion was considered a vaudeville act instead of art. How wonderful that she set out to change that view and expose more Americans to her art. I don’t know if I can get “Mia Slavenska, Woman of Courage,”on a station here, but I wlll certainly try.

    • Have fun at the recital Lenie. She was quite a talen that does deserve the recognition she is getting through PBS. Check out their site for listings. You might find it there. The link is at the end of the post. ?

  • Hello Susan
    It is nice to know about Mia,who left her homeland and introduced the World to Ballet.
    I love to watch people dancing but never knew it was hard work of this courageous lady.
    it is great to know that her daughter is telling her story to world.
    thank you for the information.

    • Hi Anna, Your so welcome. I do too. It’s so beautiful to watch. I know Mia would be proud of her daughter for bringing her story to the world. ?

  • Interesting that I too have been thinking a lot lately about what it takes to pursue a passion. I’ve not heard of Mia Slavenska before. Her story definitely looks worth watching.

    • It must be in the air Donna ?. I hadn’t either until I was asked to be a part of the premier. It very much enjoyed learning about Mia. ?

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    This is a gorgeous story! I adore the ballet, and can’t believe I haven’t heard of Mia Slavenska. It’ll be interesting to see if the film stirs up some interest about her. I’ll be sure to catch it when it comes on PBS, or elsewhere. It’s true that following your passion can be challenging, but also rewarding. I’m glad Mia didn’t give up – and that her daughter has made this film.

    • Hi Krystyna, I do too. Baley is such a beautiful art form. Mia must have been amazing to see on stage. I do hope you have a chance to watch the film. I do believe you’d enjoy it. ?

  • How interesting, Susan! That is a film I would love to see. I took ballet classes when I was a little girl. They didn’t amount to anything but it did perk my interest in the ballet, which was further excelled when I was playing the classic on my flute. I’ll be looking for this one.

    • I did too and I too never really made it past the interest. I know you’d enjoy this film Glynis.

  • I love most documentaries, and even though I have two left feet, I love dancing quite a lot as well 🙂

    • Then you’ll enjoy this film Jeri. I too have two left feet that make their talent even more amazing to me. ?

  • Jon Jefferson

    Until an injury damaged my daughter’s ankle, she was training for life as a dancer. The amount of work that dancers have to put in and the cost that can come from injury is huge. Everything has a price to reach the higher levels. The question we must ask ourselves, are we willing to pay that price.

    • That is a question worthy of serious consideration Jon. Sometimes it’s yes, and sometimes not. Only we can answer that for ourselves. ?

  • Debra Yearwood

    What a wonderful way to pay tribute to her mom and this post was a great way to share Mia’s story with the rest of us.

    • Thank you Debra. It was a great film. I felt privileged to be a part of the premier. I hope you’re able to catch it on one of your Public Television Stations. ?

  • Cheryl Therrien

    There are some documentaries that are definitely worth seeing and this is one of them. Great story!

    • It is a great story and definitely one to look for Cheryl. I know you’d enjoy it. ?

  • Rose Griffith

    Thanks, Susan, for educating me about someone I know nothing about. A good friend’s daughter is a dancer and I’m making sure to forward her this via Facebook. Curious to know if she knows her!

    • Thanks Rose, I do hope she’ll find Mia’s story of interest. Sadly, she isn’t as widely know as she should be. ?

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Thanks so much for the heads up on this! These aree exactly the stories that I love to read and watch. I’ll set my DVR!

    • You’re very welcome Jacquie. I do believe you’d kind Mia’s story interesting. ?