In rewatching the video a few times, I've mellowed in my response!
When I wrote last night, it was immediately after watching the segment on Letterman, and everything I said was my gut reaction and my true feelings at the moment. I had been so excited and expected more.
After reading some posts that followed mine, I do see that from the standpoint of pure entertainment, the segment worked and probably did give a friendlier face to ballet. As a picky balletomane, I wanted Veronika to fulfill a greater function in the service of her art. However, she only got less than 7 minutes, and was cut off at the very end (before she could even complete the position she was going into) due to time constraints.
Daniel Radcliffe, the first guest, got loads of time. I understand the reasons and all, but the kid's only 20, and, despite what he's accomplished, and even given his endearing quirky manner, I was quite bored and inwardly chanting "Veronika! Veronika! Veronika!" to hasten her appearance. Yes, yes, I know that Radcliffe was the draw and all (I've watched Letterman most every night for over a decade), but in my fantasy world.....
I do applaud Veronika on her appearance and on holding up to Letterman, especially with her limited English speaking (and even comprehension) skills.
She was gorgeous. She was statuesque. She was anything but standoffish or haughty, as some may picture Russian ballerinas to be (although mostly none of them are). I will backpedal on one of my statements and concede that she probably didn't harm the chances of another ballet dancer being called into the hotseat, after all.
Well done, Miss Divinity!