Ananiashvili: Dancing Is Easier After 35

Bolshoi star ballerina Nina Ananiashvili is 40. “The ballerina Tatiana Terekhova told me once, `Nina, after 35 years old you will be dancing much more easily, you will really enjoy your dancing.’ And I thought, `Ah no, it’s impossible, after 35 I will be really tired.’ Now I think she was right, because now I know on stage I can control everything. I am really secure. I enjoy every moment, because time has gone so quickly and I have this feeling that I haven’t danced my best ballet yet. Choreographers haven’t used my possibilities as I still hope. Sometimes when I see young dancers I think, `My God, why don’t they jump?’ It’s amazing – I’m jumping better than them!”