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Ballerina's Best Features

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I thought this would be a fun topic to explore. Which ballerina has or had the most beautiful of the following features:

1) Legs

2) Feet

3) Arms

4) Hands

Feel free to add other features if you like.

My favorites are:

Legs: Maximova/Bessmertnova

Feet: Maximova/Ferri

Arms: Makarova/Besmertnova/Plisetskaya

Hands: Makarova/Fonteyn

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OK; I'll start.

Legs: Early in here career when she carried more weight: Wendy Whelan

Feet: Guillem. Honorable mention (very honorable): Makarova

Arms and Hands: Dunno; don't watch them too much

Giannina

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legs:Maria Kowroski wins by a long shot

feet:Alessandra Ferri

arms and hands...hard to say. I see a lot of NYCB :innocent: .

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Feet: Gelsey Kirkland

Hands: Martine van Hamel, no runner up

Legs: Alexandra Danilova, who even in old film clips makes you watch them

Arms: Maya Plisetskaya

You think genetic engineering has progressed to the point . . . ? :innocent:

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Legs: Maximova/Guillem/Zakharova/Kent

Feet: Maximova/Makarova/Ferri/Zakharova/Fracci/Kolpakova

Hands: Fonteyn/Makarova/Ulanova/Komleva/Terekhova

Arms: Plisetskaya/Tchyentchikova/Asylmuratova/Thesmar/Pavlenko

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Legs: Larissa Lezhnina/Altynai Asylmuratova

Feet: Alla Sizova/Larissa Lezhnina

Arms: Fracci, Kolpakova, Plisetskaya

Hands: Usually if the arms are good, so are the hands :wink:

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I think Yuliya Makhalina would be in several of those categories. Also, the Kirov/Mariinsky is deservedly famous for their arms... Not only the principals and soloists, but the corps as well.

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Legs:Kent/Yuan Yuan Tan

Feet: Guillem/Barker/Ferri

Arms: Julie Kent

Hands: The above or Mckerrow

Those are just ones off he top of my head an from the bigger companies. I know many dancers in smaller companies that have some of the ost beautiful legs and feet and arms.

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I know many dancers in smaller companies that have some of the ost beautiful legs and feet and arms.

Although now retired, Lisa Sundstrom is still one of my favorites

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I'd like to add another part: Eyes. Whose? Zhanna Ayupova.

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Eyes: Suzanne Farrell

Smile: Patricia McBride

Profile: Alexandra Danilova

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Eyes: Ananiashvili/Ayupova/Farrell (alphabetically :( )

Arms and hands: Ananiashvili (exquisite and completely expressive)/Ayupova

Face: Farrell

Legs and feet: Farrell and Maximova

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What a great topic!

I'm going to limit my replies to dancers I've seen in person. So, here goes:

Legs: Sylvie Guillem, Maria Kowroski, Marie-Agnes Gillot

Feet: Veronika Part, Isabelle Guerin, Alessandra Ferri

Arms/Hands: Nina Ananiashvili, Julie Kent

Eyes: Mara Galeazzi

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Legs: Alexandra Danilova (the Marlene Dietrich of ballerinas), Kyra Nichols, Darcey Bussell, Svetlana Zakharova

Feet: Alessandra Ferri, Suzanne Farrell

Arms Natalia Makarova, Maya Plisetskaya, Judith Jamison (I know isn't a ballerina, but her arms was great)

Hands: Nina Ananiashvili, Darci Kistler

Profile: Suzanne Farrell

Face: Alexandra Danilova

Eyes: Julie Kent, Alessandra Ferri, Viviana Durante

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Legs: Darcey Bussell

Feet: Lynn Seymour

Arms: Margot Fonteyn

Hands: Margot Fonteyn

Face: Antoinette Sibley

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Here I go:

Legs: Alla Sizova / Altynai Asylmulatova / Nadezhda Pavlova / Suzanne Farrell / Merrill Ashley / Yelena Yevteyeva

Feet: Alessandra Ferri / Paloma Herrera

Arms: Ulyana Lopatkina / Alla Sizova / Margot Fonteyn / Carla Fracci / Alessandra Ferri / Natalia Makarova / Yelena Pankova

Hands: Larissa Lezhnina / Viviana Durante / Margot Fonteyn

Face: Nadezda Gracheva / Gabriella Komleva / Yulia Makhalina

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legs :ashley bowder

feet :angel corella

arms/hands:i dunno

profile: suzzane farrell

face:kent

eyes:kent :rolleyes:

smile:ashley bowder :D

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face:kent

eyes:kent

I assume from your other choices (and from your screenname!) that you are of the younger generation and are referring to Julie Kent.

I submit that Allegra Kent could easily fulfill those two categories of "Ballerina's Best Feature" as well! :D

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Legs: Maria Kowroski

Hair: Janie Taylor or Darci Kistler

Eyes: Kyra Nichols or Wendy Whelan

Hands: Martine van Hamel (the all-time champ in this category)

Face: Jenifer Ringer/Pauline Golbin/Carla Korbes and several dozen honorable mentions

Smile: Patty McBride

Ashley Bouder (not Bowder!) has rather short legs. But they look long in her stretched-out jump.

On the other side of the coin, Best Butt in Ballet = Nilas Martins.

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:flowers: Hmmm....

Face: Allegra Kent

Feet: Gelsey Kirkland

Arms: Julie Kent

Legs: Cynthia Gregory

Profile....yes, Suzanne Farrell has a fantastic profile!

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I have heard that Guiseppina Bozacchi, the first Swanhilda, had the most expressive hands...I have not seen enough ballets to have favorites!

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Smile: Altynai Asylmuratova (not even close, she could brighten up a nuclear proliferation summit with her smile)

Legs: Svetlana Zakharova, Tananquiel LeClercq, Suzanne Farrell, Darcey Bussell, Sylvie Guillem, Irina Dvorovenko, Yulia Makhalina (the mile-long leg ladies),

Arms: Natalia Makarova, Alessandra Ferri, Alina Cojacaru

Eyes: Margot Fonteyn, Gelsey Kirkland, Maya Plisetskaya

Face: Irina Dvorovenko, Veronika Part, Jenifer Ringer, Altynai Asylmuratova, Svetlana Zakharova, Darcey Bussell, Alina Cojacaru, Suzanne Farrell, Tanaquiel LeClercq

Back: here the Russians win hands down. Maya Plisetskaya was maybe the first, but then it's been seemingly de rigeur for Russian-trained ballerinas to be able to arch their backs to an almost unbelievable extent. Natalia Makarova and Altynai Asylmuratova maybe take modern-day honors for the ability to make their backs look like jelly. It almost makes you wonder if they had ribs removed.

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Legs: Yulia Makhalina, Maria Kowroski, Sylvie Guillem

Arms: Natalia Makarova, Darci Kistler, Gillian Murphy

Face: Julie Kent, Altynai Asylmuratova, Antoinette Sibley, Jenifer Ringer, Alina Cojocaru

Feet: Paloma Herrera, Patricia Barker, Isabel Guerin, Alexandra Ansanelli, Darcey Bussell

Hands: Zhanna Ayupova, Martine van Hamel, Miranda Weese

Hair: Carla Korbes, Janie Taylor, Julie Diana

Eyes: Viviana Durante, Ludmila Semenyaka, Nina Ananiashvili, Maria Alexandrova

Smile: Kristin Long, Tina LeBlanc, Altynai Asylmuratova, Lorena Feijoo

I think that about covers it! :)

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I know many dancers in smaller companies that have some of the ost beautiful legs and feet and arms.

Although now retired, Lisa Sundstrom is still one of my favorites

Lisa Sundstrom is now my teacher. She will be pleased to hear that there is a "fan" out there.

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