Friday, 20 May 2016


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One of the highlights of the Hungarian National Ballet's opening performance of The Sleeping Beauty was the Puss in Boots divertissement.  The white cat was danced by the young Canadian artist, Danielle Gould. This is what I wrote about her performance:
"In that latter role [Maksym Kovtun]  was partnered by the young Canadian dancer Danielle Gould who danced the white cat. It is not an easy character role particularly with a heavy cat mask. She has to be both human and feline: flirtatiousness at one moment, they playful slapping her partner at the next. It is one of my favourite divertissements of any ballet and she danced it well winning the hearts of the audience. Having been trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and the John Cranko Academy it is clear that this young woman is going places. She has very kindly agreed to supply material for a feature of her which will appear very soon." (see Sir Peter Wright's The Sleeping Beauty in Budapest 23 April 2016)
The above clip will give you some idea why I am so impressed by this talented young dancer.

My thanks to Mel Wong for bringing the clip to my notice.

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