October 2nd, 1964! I still have the program. The "Leningrad-Kirov Ballet" came to Montreal , I was 10 years old, and it was my first time to the ballet. My parents took me (God bless them), we were in the third balcony. It was "Sleeping Beauty" and I still remember how impressed I was about the ballerina falling so elegantly after she touched the needle... Alla Sizova was Aurora and, I still can't believe I saw him on stage... Yuri Soloviev was Florimond. Unfortunately I do not remember him. It was later, when I knew a little more about ballet and history that I realised I had seen a dancer of the caliber of Nureyev and Baryshnikov on my first night and did not even realize it! But I must have liked it because it was after that performance that I asked my mother if I could take classes. I was never good at it but I never lost the love...
Kirov Ballet, 1964
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