Stepanova had her first Swan lake in March. The next Swan lake Yulia will be dancing this Sunday. At Covent Garden she will be dancing it for the third time.
Her debut in March generated many positive comments from people whose opinions Fateev is wise to take into account. One such opinion is that Stepanova's interpretation of Odette/Odile promisses to be the most interesting at Mariinsky in a very long time, it is mellow, poetic and nuanced, without as much as a hint of vulgarity that so often taints interpretations especially of the Odile part, every movement properly articulated and reaching completion. Such opinions are hard to ignore, so less than 10 days after her debut it was announced she would be dancing Swan Lake in London. Other developments followed as well: she was cast in the recent Mariinsky premiere of Ashton's Sylvia, and a month ago she had the privilege to open with it the White Nights Festival at Mariinsky.
I expect the informed London critics to be attending her performances in August (at Covent Garden she will be also dancing the Firebird).
Regarding your scurrilous remarks about Skoryk — when was the last time you saw her on stage? I saw her several times in large scale productions. There was no insecurity in evidence or anything I could qualify as "bad dancing". On the other hand, looking at her with an unbiased eye one cannot but admire her perfectly formed body. I suppose Fateev, like Vaziev before him, apparently has a strong predilection for a certain type of "ideally formed" ballerina and likes to push such a girl in her early development irrespective of whether she is ready for certain things or not. On its own I don't find this particularly objectionable. Regretfully, this is often accompanied by holding back other, no less capable dancers. I don't accept that — however, this occurs in other companies too.