If you can, just watch this all the way through. It’s one of the most beautiful dances I’ve ever seen, choreographed by the brilliant Christopher Wheeldon; and one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard by Arvo Pärt, one of my favorite composers (even though I can never quite figure out how to pronounce his name).

The boats in the background were a little distracting, I’ll admit.

20140510_inq_dm1bal10-aBut imagine now this background and these performers, both principal dancers with the Pennsylvania ballet. Last night, it was magical.

She’s retiring after two more performances tomorrow, during one of which their children will be in the audience (on Mother’s Day). Yes, they’re married – and here’s how it happened:

It was a fairy tale moment, a life-imitates-art moment, a moment for ballet fans to remember. After the Pennsylvania Ballet’s June 11, 2005 performance of Romeo and Juliet, Julie Diana and Zachary Hench, playing the ballet’s lovers, came out for their bow. With just the two of them onstage, Hench knelt on one knee, offered a ring to Diana and, in front of several hundred witnesses, asked her to marry him.

She’s 37 now, and needs a hip replacement. She’s going to “spend more time with her family,” teach ballet, and continue to practice Hatha yoga. If you didn’t watch the video, and if you’re a yoga person, just make sure you see the first two minutes. You have to be sure she’s never in your yoga class.

It was a fairy tale moment, a life-imitates-art moment, a moment for ballet fans to remember. After the Pennsylvania Ballet’s June 11, 2005 performance of Romeo and Juliet, Julie Diana and Zachary Hench, playing the ballet’s lovers, came out for their bow. With just the two of them onstage, Hench knelt on one knee, offered a ring to Diana and, in front of several hundred witnesses, asked her to marry him. – See more at: http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/August-2006/Julie-Diana-A-Delicate-Strength#sthash.8zscIZSg.dpuf
It was a fairy tale moment, a life-imitates-art moment, a moment for ballet fans to remember. After the Pennsylvania Ballet’s June 11, 2005 performance of Romeo and Juliet, Julie Diana and Zachary Hench, playing the ballet’s lovers, came out for their bow. With just the two of them onstage, Hench knelt on one knee, offered a ring to Diana and, in front of several hundred witnesses, asked her to marry him. – See more at: http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/August-2006/Julie-Diana-A-Delicate-Strength#sthash.8zscIZSg.dpuf
It was a fairy tale moment, a life-imitates-art moment, a moment for ballet fans to remember. After the Pennsylvania Ballet’s June 11, 2005 performance of Romeo and Juliet, Julie Diana and Zachary Hench, playing the ballet’s lovers, came out for their bow. With just the two of them onstage, Hench knelt on one knee, offered a ring to Diana and, in front of several hundred witnesses, asked her to marry him. – See more at: http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/August-2006/Julie-Diana-A-Delicate-Strength#sthash.8zscIZSg.dpuf
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