Victoria Jaiani as Cinderella. Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, 2010.
Jaiani was pretty near to perfect. Her early dancing for the portrait of her mother and with a broom was all simple, elegant and heartbreaking. Her Act II entrance, in which she danced down a flight of stairs on pointe and without looking down even once, was impressive. And throughout the evening, her ability to lift her foot over her head with scarcely a twitch was as controlled and classic as were her running on pointe, her exquisite line from finger to turned out leg, and her expressive port de bras.