The March 1958 issue of Dance Magazine included coverage of the previous year's Dance Magazine Awards, one of which went to Dame Alicia Markova.
The British ballerina began her career with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and went on to be a founding member of Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre before co-founding English National Ballet in 1950.
Introducing Markova at the award presentation, Agnes de Mille related this anecdote: "I remember one occasion where the incredible, absolute statement was made that she is probably the greatest single ballerina who has ever danced.
"I saw her the day afterward, and when I got my jaw back to where I could talk, I said, 'Alicia, how can you stand this?' She said, 'I don't pay any attention to it, I just go and do my pliés.' "