The first copy of point magazine I ever bought had Darcey Bussell on the cover. She was, at the time, the Royal Ballet's newest principle dancer and an international sensation. She quickly became my favorite dancer and my mom even took me to see her perform Swan Lake when the Royal Ballet came to Los Angeles (something that doesn't happen often.) I was smitten with her. Her lines, those FEET and her artistry have always been an inspiration to me.
I even got the chance to meet her a few years ago at a book signing at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. I was over visiting the boy and while he was at work I went to see Darcey. I don't think I have ever been so star struck in my life (and living in Beverly Hills, I see a lot of stars so that's saying something!) And of course she was so sweet and so beautiful in person, just as I knew she'd be.
Darcey Bussell was an idol to me as a dancer and I was thrilled to read last week that she is going to be the new president of the Royal Academy of Dance. I just think she is the perfect person to take over the role after Dame Antoinette Sibley, another beautiful dancer I adore! I know it seems like a sort of strange thing to get excited about, but I am! I am excited for a new generation of young dancers who will be inspired by Darcey as I was so many years ago!
Here's a little clip of Darcey performing one of my favorite pieces (the variation and the coda are my favorite parts.) Here she is dancing Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Enjoy!