The first Russian ballerina to perform the 32 fouettés was Prima Ballerina Assoluta Mathilde Kschessinskaya.
The ballet historian Konstantin Skalkovsky, who was the dance critic for the St. Petersburg Gazette, attended the premiere of Cinderella. He reported that "...in the last act Legnani positively outdid herself. When Emma Bessone danced the lead in 'The Haarlem Tulip' she did 14 fouettés. In her variation Legnani performed 32 of them without stopping, and without travelling one inch! The public delightedly applauded the Ballerina and compelled her to repeat this variation as well. On the repetition she nevertheless did 28 fouettés. To count them became the favourite occupation of the public."
Legnani repeated this feat again in many other works during her career with the Imperial Ballet (today the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet), which lasted from 1893 until 1901. She performed them most notably as Odile in the coda of what is today known as the Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake (1895). Today fouetté turns are now required of every Ballerina, and over the course of the 20th century 32 fouettés have been incorporated into the coda of many of the famous Grand Pas.