In addition, there's something quite lovable about her. I was smitten twice in Costa Mesa, before Berkeley (across the Bay from San Francisco) and the audience was also, some front seat members (I joined in) giving her a standing ovation after her White Swan duet (a first in my viewing experience).
I'm quite a fan of long-lined ballerinas, especially in "Swan Lake," but Anastasia Kolegova reopened my eyes to the fact that it doesn't necessarily have to be that way -- Galina Ulanova for instance. I can't exactly explain how she 'compensates' for this. She doesn't seem to imply long lines like some other not-tall dancers. I do recall being totally impressed with the detailed fineness of her dancing.
And from the actual experience, I posted at CD,
"How can so much amazing talent be compressed into such a lovable little package ?
"She floated onto the stage like one of the most graceful clouds in the sky. Her Dreamy Motion kept them company, uninterrupted, for two entire afternoons. As for Grace, Imagery, Sculpture, Aura....you name it, she's got it !
" Weekends Will Never Be The Same ! "
This video clip gives at least of hint of her loveliness and talent. (It was posted by the Latvian National Opera, where she appeared at a gala, so I assume that it's okay to post here)http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=WHz ... =endscreen