Just sayin', there are Sleeping Beauty lessons to be learned from this 41 second vid of the Royal Ballet's lovely Lauren Cuthbertson and the cokehead who threw away his career.
She possesses such stunning composure, grandeur, and pristine style as she begins the entrance into the first fish dive. She doesn't flail her front arm too high or flip her grinning face to the audience like she wishes she were doing Theme and Variations. Hopefully, we will not see such offenses during ABT's Sleeping Beauty week.
These spectacular fish dives are accomplished in part by this most heavenly Aurora actually battement-ing her left leg to the back rather than just holding it in arabesque and waiting for Cokehead to heave her into position. It makes a big difference in the outcome. In that final dive, her head plunges down and forward with such security that we know her commitment to Désiré has been sealed.
Love, love, love the Royal Ballet. (No wigs on Désiré or Aurora, thank you very much.)
Let us just add that we are not happy that it appears Blaine Hoven may not be one of the princes in Stella's Rose Adagio on June 30th. That is unthinkable. He needs to be in this performance supporting her. It only takes one wobbly-armed lightweight corps member to mess things up.