Many, many years ago there lived a little girl who loved going to ballet classes. She learnt to courtsey professionally and her 1st to fifth positions. But alas, as so much in childhood, she made the decision to stop going to ballet and joined brownies instead. Fast forward several years and this now teenager loved watching the ballet, her favourite dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn.
She would wait with anticipation the evening when Margot would come on to the television and present her programme the Magic of Dance. It was part history of dancing and dancers but also a showcase for Margot and the amazing Rudolph Nureyev to dance extracts from famous ballets.
Over the years, this now adult watched many a ballet at the theatre including La Fille Mal Garde, Les Sylphide, Swan Lake, 2 versions of Cinderella, Giselle and still wants to see The Nutcracker and Matthew Bourne's all male Swan Lake. But it is Margot and Nureyev she wishes she had seen live.
Not only live ballet but ballet in film plays an intimate role in the development of her love for ballet. The film ''The Red Shoes'' being a favourite................see a scene from the integral ballet scenes here.............