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July 19, 2005

Shopping with the Bolshoi

My local supermarket is on the walk home from Lincoln Center, and post-performance is usually the one time I have to shop. Evidently it also was for most of the corps de ballet and the orchestra; they were in the Associated en masse, probably trying to save their per diem (I wonder if they get enough). What do Bolshoi dancers eat? Anything prepared they can grab, it seems. Potato salad, olives, ham. Lots of Pepsi. And there was the skinny blond boy with a dozen doughnuts.

"Is this what you eat after you dance?" I asked him.

"Yes," he smiled sheepishly.

As someone who spent my entire dance career as The Boy With The Weight Problem, I am trying hard not to hate him.

Posted by Leigh Witchel at July 19, 2005 12:17 AM

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