Splitting with Maria K.

November 28, 2001

Here at Pointe, we just can’t get enough of San Francisco Ballet’s Maria Kochetkova. Yes, she’s an incredible powerhouse dancer, but she’s got personality, too. Last night, she posted a delightfully silly Instagram video of her messing around in the studio. She is impressively flexible: This is over-splitting at its finest. But the real treat is the video’s quirk—a spoof on this Volvo commercial featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Anything Van Damme can do, Masha can do better. Make sure your sound is on to get the full effect.

And bunheads, please promise me that you won’t try this at home.