For his part, Simkin waltzed Riccetto around, lifted her, swirled her, turned her, caught her, and eventually proposed to her with great charm and efficiency. She leaped up toward him and before you knew it, she was up on the back of his shoulder in a jete position while he spun her around at a thrilling speed. Multiple times, she ran toward him, he threw her up in the air for a single revolution, and smoothly caught her as she came down. For someone rather small, he’s got might and a great deal of coordination.
The Grigorovich lift in the final grand pas was adapted close to the way Murphy and Hallberg did it last night but seemed more secure. Why can’t our dancers coordinate and pump this lift as Grigorovich’s dancers do? She runs, she jumps, he grabs her leg, presses her up, rotates her with his hand under her butt. All bets and money are now on Cornejo and Reyes to score this lift and save our dignity.