Monday, December 26, 2005


Date: 1946

Place: Ottowa, Canada

Background Information: Svetlana Beriosova, Nicholas Polajenko in the Nutcracker performance with a local civic ballet company in Ottowa. Company under the artistc direction of Nesta Toumine. This was the first performance for the both of us as students from the ballet school of Madame Ludmila Schollar and Anatole Vilzak, New York City.

Svetalana was 14 and I was 16 years of age.

We also danced Les Sylphides with the company. Before the curtain opened, I remember being very nervous while I was on stage during the overture. As soon as the curtain opened and I was able to take my first step, the nervousness disapeared.

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