Funny you should bring it up, Basheva. I asked my students that very question this afternoon. They are in the 10-12 range and opted for the bad guy dying and the prince and Odette living happily ever after. Actually, it was their last class of the summer session, so I felt I had some latitude. There was music from the Black Swan Pas on our class CD. I told them to listen carefully, and then after barre we watched the pas de deux (Makarova/Dowell; yes, she certainly did milk it but I still liked it). Later I explained the rest of the story and offered the options. <P>I'm with djb -- I like united in death. ABT used to have a very effective ending that reduced me to tears on a regular basis. Kevin's is OK too, but there are parts excluded from his Act IV that I really miss. The emotional impact of the double suicide isn't the same because of how the act is put together.<P>My kids wanted to know if Odette and Siegfried got married. I said we'd have to create a sequel to find out. One suggested that maybe they'd find out they didn't love each other so much after a while. They also wanted to know what happened to Odile.<P>I do like the idea of von Rothbart hitting it off with the Queen Mother.