"Surrounded by her corps of sprites,
Stands balerina, sight of sights,
Balancing on one foot alone, her,
Other she slowly lifts and twirls...
A leap! She's off! She drifts and whirls,
As if the god of winds had blown her.
She twists and untwists, fleet as fleet.
Feet fluttring to the music's beat."
- "Eugene Onegin" (excerpt) by Alexander Pushkin (1799 - 1837), Russia.
This composition was inspired by ballet "Nutcracker", music by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893).