With each step and transition, Marianela takes the character of Mercedes and melds it with her movement, an ability of all great dancers. It's no surprise she was promoted to principal dancer of The Royal Ballet shortly after this taping in 2001. Not only does she seem to soar with each jump, but she treats each glance as an important component to her character. Although only the start of her career, this video shows how she was to become one of the most enrapturing dancers of our time. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!
Nov. 29, 2001 07:00PM EST