Natalia Makarova in contrast with Alina Somova.

Makarova is a fully mature artist of great beauty and lasting inspiration. In my last blog, I gave you Alina Somova, a very young artist. It is not how high your extension is that is important, but rather, where the most aesthetic choice of how to place your leg can be achieved. It is like a great painter who knows where to put his mark. It is not about how many turns, but rather whether your turns maintain the character you are portraying. The Maryinsky was noble for its control in these dimensions; the whole was never sacrificed to the part.

Here is Makarova in ‘Swan Lake’:

And last, Makarova with Dowell:

Oh, that the Royal Ballet could return to this standard.

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