Gregory and Bujones in Swan Lake. MIRA, Courtesy Dance Magazine Archives.

#TBT: Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones in "Swan Lake

There's nothing like watching two masters at work. In this clip from 1985, two of American Ballet Theatre's most legendary stars, Cynthia Gregory and the late Fernando Bujones, make sparks fly in the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake. Bujones can't help but be mesmerized by Gregory's deliciously seductive allure. Watch how she doesn't let him escape her spell at 3:23, effortlessly sailing out of her attitude promenade to zero back in on her prey. We can all take a lesson from their expert musical phrasing, as well as Bujones' clean simplicity during his variation's bravura moments.


Odette/Odile was considered Gregory's signature role; this month, she's passing on her expertise at Nevada Ballet Theatre, where she's staging the full-length Swan Lake. Those sure are some lucky dancers.

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