My youngest daughter was a professional ballet dancer. She recently retired at the end of 2020 due to injury.
In 2007, after 8 years of training at the Royal and English National Ballet schools, she was offered her first professional job as a dancer with English National Ballet during their tour to Versailles.
Their next performances were of Swan Lake, performed in the round at the Albert Hall to Derek Deane's choreography. This has a very large cast of swans, many freelancers as well as the corps from ENB.
My family, about 6 or 7 of us, managed to get tickets in the second row.
At the very end of the performance, with the star-crossed lovers spinning in the centre of the stage, and the music rising to a crescendo, my daughter just happened to be right in front of us, next to the barrier about 3 metres from wher I sat, heart bursting with pride and tears streaming down my face.
I will never forget that evening for the rest of my life.