Legendary Soviet ballerina Maya Plisetkaya here dances to Camille Saint- Saëns’ ballet music The Dying Swan. By 1960, at the age of 35, Plisetkaya had become star dancer or prima ballerina assoluta at the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. This classic performance took place in 1975, over 40 years ago, when Maya was 50 years old.
One of her fans raves in a YouTube comment: “Rest in peace, Maya Plisetkaya! We will never forget you, MAYA BALLERINA ASSOLUTA !!! Thank you very, very much for sharing such a memento of beauty and grace.”
Maya Plisetkaya was a Russian Jewess who died last year at the age of 89. Here is a picture of Maya taken in 2011, at the age of 85, looking remarkably young for her age.
Acknowledgements to our Russian commenter ‘Rousso’ (who may himself be Jewish) for providing a link to this beautiful video.