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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Evelyn Hart drops in

I was teaching my "Introduction to the National Ballet of Canada Season" ballet appreciation course last night at the NBOC's headquarters in Toronto, the Walter Carsen Centre. We were watching a video of the Rose Adagio when who should waft in from passing by in the corridor but former Royal Winnipeg Ballet superstar Evelyn Hart. She told a delightful story about being Aurora: "On the morning of the performance, 9 o'clock, you choose your pointe shoes for the Rose Adagio and you think, yes, these are PERFECT, just right. Then by noon you start thinking, oh no, maybe those aren't the right ones. By 5 pm, you're thinking, oh for sure they aren't right, and an hour before the performance you're going through 30 pairs of pointe shoes trying to figure out which ones will do! But of course it's all psychological because you're just so worried about those balances!" Here she is, performing the Rose Adagio in what clearly were the right pointe shoes!

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