I've read and reread Clement Crisp's enthusiastic article and would really recommend it.http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/f16dc240 ... z27b4EsJP6
I mentioned above that one of Olga Smirnova's many remarkable qualities is her captivating 'posing'. This comment from Clement Crisp might explain part of it.
"In ballet, épaulement denotes the dancer’s ability to turn, bend and shape the placing of the trunk, shoulders, arms, neck and head to produce the subtlest contrasts and oppositions. In Italian art it is contrapposto, and this is what gives life, veracity and power to a drawn or sculpted position. In classical ballet it turns the academic pose into the beautiful, the fascinating."
She is so multitalented. Her ability to take on the persona of each character and dance situation is outstanding. Her maturity in this regard is exceptional....and so much more. She was also an all 'A' student before starting ballet, which seems very believable.
If she does become a Principal in the next year or so she would join the ranks of Diana Vishneva and Svetlana Zakharova who I believe became Principals within a year or so of their graduation from the Vaganova Academy.
Merrill Ashley (former Balanchine Star) to Clement Crisp:
“You must see my ballerina in Diamonds. She’s prodigious – 19 years old, just graduated from the Vaganova School in Petersburg, and just recruited for the Bolshoi. She has the most exquisite upper-body, and a magical presence.”