Tonight is the final show at the Royal Opera House for Zenaida Yanowsky.
Putting aside Zen's dancing for a moment, she is one of the most unique ballerinas I know. She exudes an inner confidence and it shows in her style - wearing a unitard with a luminous yellow t-shirt underneath, throwing her hair up with a couple of pins and not a dash of make-up.
There's a sense of 'don't give a damn' in Zen, she's just incredibly cool, unbelievably hard working and an absolute laugh to work with. I've never met such a humble person. I remember once going to the laundry room and Zen was quietly folding my clean washing into a pile. That sums her up perfectly - she didn't know who's it was, she just wanted to help.
She's got the body and height of a supermodel and legs that go on for days. Whatever she wears looks uber-stylish, not many people can get away with a babygrow!
Zen, I'm going to miss your dancing, your unitards, the legs and your wicked sense of humour!