Originally published in the Russkyi Kruzhok (Russian Circle) Bulletin, SCOLA, Surrey. October 2003
Among the leading ballerinas, you will find variations in skill, temperament, and, of course, physical gifts. Nature may bestow one with elongated lines, another with a good jump, a third with a gift for tours, a fourth with expressive arms, a fifth with the ability to soar lightly across the stage, and so on. But where nature has sold a ballerina short, she has to overcome this, concealing it or making up for it with other qualities. It’s rare for nature to strain itself and create the perfect figure for ballet. But at the moment, there actually is an example of that rare gift of nature – her name is Svetlana Zakharova. You’d struggle to find a ballerina anywhere in the world to rival the beauty of her physical form.