Her favourite ballets feel like good books – one can see them 1,000 times and they always feel fresh. Linda loves Giselle, all full-length MacMillan plus Song of the Earth, Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, Balanchine’s Serenade and Agon, Ashton’s Scènes de Ballet and Symphonic Variations.

Irina Kolesnikova and Artists of SPBT in Swan Lake - Photo: © SPTB

The Irina show: Swan Lake at SPBT

As if the lacklustre British summer wasn’t enough, this year London audiences also had to contend with a limited dance menu. In the absence of the Mariinsky and…