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POLL: 21st Century Ballerinas

Posted on September 24, 2010

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sylvie guillem bill cooper sqAs Sylvie Guillem announces her retirement, we ask who are your favourite ballerinas of the 21st century?

The past 14 years have seen remarkable ballerinas making their mark: the emergence of Natalia Osipova and Olga Smirnova, the end of the dancing careers of such ballerinas as Darcey Bussell and Daria Klimentová. Who are your favourites of the century so far? Wendy Whelan? Alina Cojocaru? Uliana Lopatkina? Tell us in the poll below!

Picture: Sylvie Guillem in Push. Photograph: Bill Cooper

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Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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