I was fascinated by dance when I was very young, and after my first lesson I said to my mother, “This is what I want to do!” From that moment on it has been my life.I have had problems with my sight throughout my career, though it has never been total blindness. I found ways to dance so that audiences were not aware of it… I didn’t want their sympathy.I had the first … [Read more...] about Interview with Alicia Alonso at 95: my dancing is my most eloquent testament
For two nights from tomorrow in Rome there is the possibility to attend a most unusual dance gala. While there are only four taking part, their ages combined total 266 years. The dancers are Mats Ek, Ana Laguna, Susanne Linke and Dominique Mercy, Laguna being the youngest of the quartet at just sixty.Playing on the politically correct term “differently abled”, the programme … [Read more...] about Ek, Laguna, Mercy and Linke in Rome: over 200 years of dance experience
Maya Plisetskaya died of a heart attack today in Munich. She was 89. The director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Vladimir Urin, said, She died of a severe heart attack. The doctors tried everything, but there was nothing they could do. Mikhail Shvydkoi, former Russian Minister of Culture, said, I always thought that Plisetskaya would live forever. We were preparing to celebrate her … [Read more...] about Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89
An ice-cream parlour around the corner from my home is called Coppélia. It's just opposite the new Fendi showroom and offices in via Solari in Milan. Now I'm sure regular readers of this blog will roll their eyes in disbelief on reading my query in the next sentence, but for those who don't know the answer either, this article is for you. I wanted to know why the owners had … [Read more...] about Coppélia: with tutus or wafers?
Dancing, like acting and singing, often runs in the family. There are countless dancers whose parents danced: Zenaida Yanowsky (Royal Ballet), Yury Yanowsky (Boston Ballet) and Nadia Yanowsky (Het Nationale Ballet) are the children of Russian ballet dancer Anatol Yanowsky and Spanish ballet dancer Carmen Robles. Ballet's in their blood.What makes the Khan-MacKay family … [Read more...] about You choose it out of Love! Dancing with the Khan-MacKay family