I’ve never seen a ballerina dance in real life, but I have watched lots of videos online many times. I agree—once you’ve seen how a real dancer moves, you can’t ever go back. I can certainly understand why Sarah Lane was compelled to speak out about her role as dancing double. There is a clip of her rehearsing Swan Lake with Angel Corella--he invited her to dance Odette/Odile with his company, something that ABT has sadly not let her—and you could see the purity of her classical technique.
Have you seen ‘The Red Shoes’? I much preferred it to ‘Black Swan’. Real ballerinas. Moira Shearer was great in the lead role. It looks dated of course, but the dancing is wonderful. I sort of wish someone would remake it—with real dancers, of course. Also, who needs ‘Black Swan’ if you’ve read Kirkland’s autobiography? Or are following the present-day drama at the Bolshoi after the acid attack on the A.D.?
Well, figure skating did have Lynn Holly Johnson’s “Ice Castles”… Cheesy romance, but she could actually skate and was a decent actress.
I am curious what sort of programs V/M and Marina will come up with. IIRC, Scott has indicated in a post-competition interview that they’re ‘not going back’..? Hopefully the programs will be for the ages.