As is the tradition in Italy, beautiful girls – especially “showgirls” – wed footballers. On June 13 Eleonora Abbagnato, Première Danseuse with the Paris Opera Ballet, got married to Palermo player Federico Balzaretti. He's not her first footballer, but he might be her last. She's certainly preserving family ties for her father was the boss of the Palermo team during the 80s.
Italian gossip magazine ‘Chi' was there to capture the magic. Ahh…
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.