Mary Kenny: Ballet has proved impervious to political upheaval: even Stalin sustained, and championed, Russian ballets
Next time the ballet comes to town – ballet companies often tour in summer and 'Giselle' has been on in Dublin this week – go and take a little girl with you; or, if you can coax him, a little boy.
One of the joys in life is taking a young child to the ballet. I was lucky enough to be taken to see Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev perform together (at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin) as a schoolgirl, when I was smitten by the magic of ballet.
My fascination with ballet started when I was about 10 and was prompted by a child's book about the fabled Russian dancer Anna Pavlova.