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In honor of Valentine's Day, we're taking a quick look at some of our favorite dancing couples. Stay tuned for an exclusive set of interviews on V-Day!

First up: Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz.

We've admired Dec for years, both onstage and off. She was the gorgeous cover star of our October/November 2011 issue and provided recent street style inspiration in our February/March 2015 issue! Now, she's married to the equally gorgeous Karel Cruz. You can catch the two of them gracing the PNB stage with their endless limbs and pristine classicism.

Here, Cruz and Dec discuss dancing together in Jiří Kylián's extremely demanding Petite Mort.

 

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Olga Smirnova’s first three seasons at the Bolshoi Ballet were a whirlwind of debuts and creations, but it all came to a halt in 2014, when a foot injury took the Vaganova-trained prodigy out of action for nearly a year. During her break, Smirnova adopted a new approach to taking care of her body throughout the day, using Pilates and various floor exercises. When she returned to the stage last summer, in Yuri Possokhov’s new full-length ballet A Hero of Our Time, it was with a newfound maturity. “Maybe I needed this break to reflect after such an intense period,” she says. “I think I grew up more than in the previous three years.”

A Hero of Our Time puts a modern twist on a popular 19th-century Russian novel by Mikhail Lermontov and its hero, Pechorin, who encounters a series of women. Pointe went backstage with Smirnova as she worked with Possokhov and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov on the role of Bela. With the help of her coach, Marina Kondratieva, she used her expressive lines and port de bras to lend depth to the character, a proud Circassian princess.

And the creations keep coming: This winter, she spent a month in Monaco, where Jean-Christophe Maillot devised a new part for her in Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s Nutcracker Company. “I feel like Maillot and Possokhov are ‘my’ choreographers,” she explains. “I feel so comfortable in their work that I would never miss an opportunity to go further with them.”

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