How fitting that Alessandra Ferri has chosen San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, to bid adieu to the world of ballet. The 44 year old dancer has danced for the last time last night in Taormina's Teatro Antico: her performance has been saluted by 30 minutes of applause, a neverending standing ovation by the 3,000 ballet-lovers in the audience.

How fitting that Alessandra Ferri has chosen San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, to bid adieu to the world of ballet. The 44 year old dancer has danced for the last time last night in Taormina's Teatro Antico: her performance has been saluted by 30 minutes of applause, a neverending standing ovation by the 3,000 ballet-lovers in the audience.

Look at her upper body. Maintaining the grace while doing technique...now that's ballet!

Look at her upper body. Maintaining the grace while doing technique...now that's ballet!

Swan Lake ballet from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Performed by the Russian National Ballet. Prince and White Swan kissing

Swan Lake ballet from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Performed by the Russian National Ballet. Prince and White Swan kissing

Prima ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina of the Mariinsky Ballet as Odile in Swan Lake.

Prima ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina of the Mariinsky Ballet as Odile in Swan Lake.

Nureyev and Fonteyn -- Swan Lake, Paris, 1963. In Vienna, in October 1964, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev received 89 curtain calls at the end of “Swan Lake” - a record for curtain calls which remains unequalled to this day, and which is still in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Nureyev and Fonteyn -- Swan Lake, Paris, 1963. In Vienna, in October 1964, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev received 89 curtain calls at the end of “Swan Lake” - a record for curtain calls which remains unequalled to this day, and which is still in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Svetlana Zakharova as Odile in Nureyev’s Swan Lake in Vienna - Photo by Vienna State Opera/Michael Pöhn

Svetlana Zakharova as Odile in Nureyev’s Swan Lake in Vienna - Photo by Vienna State Opera/Michael Pöhn

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