This ABT season also saw Nina deepening her mastery of Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and the 2nd Movement of Symphony in C.

For ABT’s subsequent tour of Japan, Nina danced Le Corsaire, The Merry Widow and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty. Immediately after, she danced the full ballet with the Bolshoi in Tokyo.


She returned to New York for ABT’s City Center fall season----sparkling in Balanchine’s Sylvia and Ben Stevenson's version of the Esmeralda pas de deux. She flirted outrageously as the naughty operetta diva in Antony Tudor’s Offenbach in the Underworld.

She ended the year with a sole performance of The Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theater.
Nina turned forty in 2003---an event remarked on in cultural websites in Russia. Nina seemed to treat the event as just another birthday. Dancing with undiminished power and polish, she maintained her usual full schedule. She added Hungary to her list of conquests, garnering raves for two performances of Sleeping Beauty with Filin in Budapest with the Hungarian National Ballet (Feb.).  In June, ABT marked her tenth anniversary as a member of the company. She has been ardently loved and admired by the New York audience, and she rewarded us with two unforgettable performances of Swan Lake to cap an intensely glorious season. Just when you think she can’t get any better, Nina does.

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