Act III of The Sleeping Beauty celebrates the resolution of Princess Aurora’s dramatic curse with her wedding to Prince Florimund, with a cast of fairytale characters in attendance. Two of the most notable are Bluebird and Princess Florine, who dance a call-and-response pas de deux to Tchaikovsky’s sprightly music.
The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb easily masters Princess Florine's tender and royal presence. This 2006 video was one of her final performances as a soloist with the company—she was promoted to principal dancer later that year. In this short pas de deux, Lamb captures Princess Florine’s controlled stability and ease with a subtle conviction, portraying the beauty of ballet’s simplicity. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!