A Legendary Ballet School Wobbles On Point

An electric bell clangs. Students in tights and leotards stampede down the corridor, then disappear into various dance studios. It's a bright morning, and sunlight, rare in Moscow at this time of year, floods in through the picture windows of this large, modern building. Scampering past me, late it seems, is Nastia Miskova, a slender 8-year-old girl who is the youngest dancer currently enrolled at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The buzz is that she's destined to become a big ballet star in 12 or 13 years.

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