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Northern Ballet TheatreDesire Samai


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#1 Ostrich

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 10:13 AM

Has anyone out there seen Desire Samai? I have rather a personal interest in her, as she trained at the same school that I used to train at. She was a principal dancer with Cape Town City Ballet for a while, and now she is a junior principal(I believe) at the Northern Ballet Theatre. I would be interested what sort of impression she makes on any of you who have seen her.

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 12:48 PM

I saw her in David Nixon's Midsummer Night's Dream a few months ago and I thought she was lovely - very serene and adult.

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 06:29 AM

Desire Samaii continues to be one of the leading dancers with NBT. She's an incredibly expressive dancer, with balances to die for. She created the role of Titania in David Nixon's Midsummer Night's Dream, and is a truly magnificent Butterfly. One of the works I enjoyed her in most is Lambarena where she set the stage alight with her joyful dancing.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 12:44 AM

she set the stage alight with her joyful dancing


Thank you, JMcN, for reporting on Desire's dancing. I remember her best as a joyful dancer - I remember her first principal role was that of Gerda in Veronica Paeper's Snow Queen, with Cape Town City Ballet. She immediately made her mark as a delightful, musical and expressive young dancer. I'm delighted to hear that she continues to make headway in her career. Please continue reporting on her!

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 03:59 AM

Just an update on Desire. She retired from dancing in 2007 and is now a ballet mistress at Alberta Ballet, where her husband Jonathan Ollivier is dancing. All their fans at NBT still miss them and send them our best wishes.


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