Anastasia Kolegova, Animated Frescoes from the Little Humpbacked Horse, Mariinsky Ballet at Dance Open Ballet Festival, April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russia. © Vladimir Cherenkov.
This is a charming pas de quatre – delicate, old-fashioned in mannerisms but technically challenging for the dancers, demanding fastidious footwork. The four ballerinas – Anastasia Kolegova, Ekaterina Osmolkina and Elena Evseeva (Mariinsky), Anna Tikhomirova, (Bolshoi) – took turns showing off their terpsichorean talents in a friendly one-upmanship way, demonstrating flawless technique and Romantic-era poses.
Anastasia Lukina in ‘Paquita’.
Vaganova Ballet Academy Graduation Performance 2014.
Emily Kadow of San Francisco Ballet