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Past princesses.

In our May issue, we talked to some of our favorite Auroras about what it's like to dance the role in Sleeping Beauty. Then some readers shared whom they love:

My favorite Aurora was Andrea Vodenhal, with Houston Ballet (1974-1984). She performed her "Rose Adagio" as though she were suspended in space. I've seen others perform that variation through the years, but only she balanced on pointe by herself as one suitor walked away and the other approached. Usually one is immediately behind the other for a quick change of suitors. Amazing and beautiful balance!

Sunny Albert

Katy, TX

My favorite Auroras were two English ballerinas from different generations: Margot Fonteyn and Marguerite Porter. Both had lightness and sweetness in Act I, elusiveness in Act II, and the elegant warmth necessary for Act III. My first memory of the ballet was in the 1950s when The Royal Ballet performed on U.S. television. 1 remember watching Fonteyn, thinking, "I want to do that."

Geri Jeter
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Jeter, Geri
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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