Mary Cargill interviewed Shelkanova for Ballet Alert! a year or two ago -- she had quite a story. (I was interested in her dancing, too, and, like Manhattnik, admired her in "Lilac Garden.") Mary, correct me if I'm misremembering, but she left the Kirov and lived in New York -- waiting tables. Had no hope of a dance career. But she would take class, and Baryshnikov saw her in class and encouraged her to dance again. I've always felt ABT would be a more interesting company if it used dancers like Shelkanova in solo roles -- and quite possibly ballerina roles -- than constantly looking for Whiz Kids. I was sorry she left.
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