Friday 19 January 2018

Mary Kenny: Ballet has proved impervious to political upheaval: even Stalin sustained, and championed, Russian ballets

Parents are cutting back to fund activities like ballet and piano lessons
Parents are cutting back to fund activities like ballet and piano lessons
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

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.

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