Lunkina, the Bolshoi ballerina who officially joined the National Ballet at the beginning of the reason after decamping from Russia for personal reasons, was the most animated Aurora seen during the week. She danced with her eyes as well as with her head, arms, torso and amazingly articulate feet. Her limpid port de bras and épaulement, or harmonious use of the upper body, went a long way in making her Aurora appear especially radiant. With so much brilliance illuminating the stage, how could The Sleeping Beauty fail to sparkle?

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