Darcey Bussell Dances Final Ballet Performance in London

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Darcey Bussell, the famed British ballerina, said good-bye to ballet last night at Covent Garden. After a distinguished career of nearly two decades, she gave her final performance in Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, her first starring role back in 1990. Bussell began crying at the work's conclusion, in which the dancer bids farewell to life.

She told London's Daily Telegraph, "I just feel so privileged that I'm able to retire when I actually feel good about it," citing her children as being behind her decision.

"Bussell is dancing as well now as she has ever danced in her life, her line, musicality, athleticism and glamour still astonishing," wrote Mark Monahan in the Telegraph.

The late MacMillan was among first to notice Bussell's talent in her mid-teens; he later cast her in the leading role of his ballet The Prince of the Pagodas (1988-89). She is the Royal Ballet's most honored dancer in recent decades.

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