A very nice piece written by Alina Cojocaru in the "Time and Place" series for The Sunday Times. Her less then priviliged upbringing helps to explain her friendly and helpful attitude. Alina waves to the doormen at the ROH and I saw her give up her seat for a standing place when a woman was having some difficulty.
A young dancer having remarkable success could face jealousy, but my impression is that the other RB dancers treat her like a jewel to be protected. Once in the rehearsal for a difficult modern ballet work that was leaving her confused, a couple of older, but not so senior dancers put their arm round her shoulder and seemed to telling her that she was doing fine and not to worry. Time & Place: From ballerina to navvy
In the Sunday Times, Royal Ballet star Alina Cocojaru’s hands bled as she helped her parents build their dream home in post-communist Romania.
My family owned a house in Bucharest, which was knocked down in 1985 during Ceausescu’s regime to make way for an apartment block to house the army. I was only four but I remember the day very well because my dad loved that home and was very sad when it was demolished.
We were rehoused in a second-floor flat in sector five, known as Rahova. I loved the area because the park is nearby and my parents’ market stall was just around the corner. My grandad originally ran the stall, which sold everything from eggs and flour to fruit and vegetables. click fpr more