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Ballerina's Best Features


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#1 MakarovaFan

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 06:28 AM

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

#2 Giannina

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 02:37 PM

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

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#3 lampwick

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 02:53 PM

legs:Maria Kowroski wins by a long shot
feet:Alessandra Ferri
arms and hands...hard to say. I see a lot of NYCB :innocent: .

#4 carbro

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 05:00 PM

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:

#5 Cygnet

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 05:57 PM

Legs: Maximova/Guillem/Zakharova/Kent
Feet: Maximova/Makarova/Ferri/Zakharova/Fracci/Kolpakova
Hands: Fonteyn/Makarova/Ulanova/Komleva/Terekhova
Arms: Plisetskaya/Tchyentchikova/Asylmuratova/Thesmar/Pavlenko

#6 Hans

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Posted 08 June 2004 - 12:41 PM

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:

#7 mohnurka

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 12:59 PM

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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Posted 10 June 2004 - 06:00 PM

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.

#9 Amy Reusch

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 08:20 PM

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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Posted 11 June 2004 - 12:35 AM

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

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 04:47 AM

Eyes: Suzanne Farrell
Smile: Patricia McBride
Profile: Alexandra Danilova

#12 MakarovaFan

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 05:12 AM

Eyes: Fonteyn
Smile: Fonteyn/McBride

#13 Roma

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 05:56 AM

Eyes: Ananiashvili/Ayupova/Farrell (alphabetically :( )
Arms and hands: Ananiashvili (exquisite and completely expressive)/Ayupova
Face: Farrell
Legs and feet: Farrell and Maximova

#14 DanceActress

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 11:13 AM

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

#15 GeorgeB fan

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 03:13 AM

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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