Sunday, October 2, 2011

Peasant Pas de Deux.

I've been obsessed with watching ballet videos on YouTube this weekend and reminiscing fondly on my dancing days (I did ballet for 12 years!). Some of my favorites have been watching male dancers, especially Baryshnikov, doing amazing leaps and turns and watching Kitri's variations, including 32 fouettes in a row, from Don Quixote.

A special favourite, though, is the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle. When I finished my last year of ballet school, I performed the last portion of this as a solo in a tutu. What a wonderful feeling! "My" section starts at 06:40 in the video below, but the whole thing is worth watching. Natalia Osipova and Vyacheslav Lopatin do a fantastic job.

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