Svetlana Zakharova rehearsing La Bayadere
I think as dancers, there is an emphasis on how many turns we can do or how high we can leap or how flat our extensions are, but there are some dancers who can perform even the simplest movements and make them as captivating and beautiful as a perfectly executed arabesque or a soaring grand jete.
Svetlana Zakharova is no exception to this. By now I think we’ve all accepted her as near to flawless one could ever possibly get: her body is the epitome of an ideal dancer physique, her technique is faultless, and her turns, extensions, etc are impeccable. But she also performs even the the most seemingly insignificant movements with such precision, and I believe that’s one of her many attributes that make her so special.
Honestly the cutest ballet video EVER.
I asked my Russian language teacher - a fifty year old Russian lady with glasses and that always wears several shawls - what her favourite American ballet company is and she said, not ABT, not even City Ballet, but: “coMPLEXIONS. DESMUNT RICHARRSON. SO BEAUTIFUL MAN.” And she is now my hero.
"SO BEAUTIFUL MAN" IS CORRECT
Paris Opera corps de ballet in Nureyev’s Swan Lake
Photo © Gueorgui Pinkhassov
Natalia Bessmertnova and Yuri Grigorovich in rehearsal to The Legend of Love
Maia Makhateli in Tchaikovsky PDD
Het Nationale Ballet/Dutch National Ballet
I think I watched this about 20 times just now. Amazing.
guys she used to dance at colorado ballet and in elementary school before I started dancing they took us on a field trip to see sleeping beauty and she was Aurora….and then a couple years later her dad became my ballet teacher and she and her brother would hang around the studios and I had no idea how important they’d end up being