Markova, Dame Alicia

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Markova, Dame Alicia (1910– ) English ballerina, b. Lilian Alicia Marks. She joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931, and was its first prima ballerina. Classical ballets in which she excelled include Giselle, Les Sylphides, and Swan Lake. In 1963 she became a Dame of the British Empire.