Natural Born Ballet Gifts or…?

Isabelle CiaravolaI believe most balletomanes marvel at Isabelle Ciaravola’s feet. They are just unreal! While some of you may have derided her merits in dancing by thinking that she wins through her natural-born “gifts,” how many of you are aware that she has worked and continues to work so very very hard every day to get to where she is at l’Opéra de Paris. According to Sonia Melo, a Brazillian-Swiss ballet teacher, who has once coached her (and with whom I have had the great fortune to be briefly coached), Isabelle goes home every day to her water bed and there she starts to stretch herself rigorously even after a whole day’s work behind her. It is amazing to hear that such an accomplished and gifted dancer does not for one moment sit on her laurels. And Sonia, who is such a wonderful coach herself, could not restrain her big smile whenever talking about Ciaravola, and I know the reason why 🙂


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