Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

An Insight In The Life Of A 53-Year-Old Ballet Legend, Alessandra Ferri

You know how people are always saying that if you are passionate about your work and work hard enough, nothing can stop you from reaching the stars. Alessandra Ferri is a 53-year-old ballet artist, who is a testimony to this statement. She amazed the world by becoming the youngest ever Prima ballerina at the Royal Ballet at the tender age of 19. Now, she has added another feather in her cap as she's about to return to the Royal Opera House as the oldest leading lady since Dame Margot Fonteyn. In an up close and personal interview with Daily mail, Alessandra opened up about her insecurities and her regrets.

An epitome of beauty and poise, Alessandra is often mistaken for a child due to her chiseled body and compact size, all thanks to years of training.

According to her, “We can’t be the 20 or 30-year-old woman that we were."

An epitome of beauty and poise, Alessandra is often mistaken for a child due to her chiseled body and compact size, all thanks to years of training.

Alessandra Ferri / Facebook

"But it doesn’t mean there isn’t an extreme beauty, lightness, enthusiasm and creativity in a 50-year-old person, or a 60 or 70-year-old, but I’ll let you know when I’m there."

You can clearly tell from her words that she is not ready to give up ballet career just yet.

"But it doesn’t mean there isn’t an extreme beauty, lightness, enthusiasm and creativity in a 50-year-old person, or a 60 or 70-year-old, but I’ll let you know when I’m there."

Alessandra Ferri / Facebook

At the age of 44, Ferri decided to retire, leaving behind her glorious 22-year career and her first love, ballet.

She stated, “I wanted to be with my kids a lot. I wanted to be with their dad.” Back then, the idea was that she was going to retire to spend more time with her daughters, Matilde and Emma. However, things didn’t go the way she expected it.

At the age of 44, Ferri decided to retire, leaving behind her glorious 22-year career and her first love, ballet.

Alessandra Ferri / Facebook

She had a startling admission about the decision she made, and blames it for destroying her marriage.

Looking back, she thinks that maybe there was more to this decision than just her family. Maybe she was afraid of getting old. After all, it wasn’t peculiar for a prominent dancer to continue performing through their 40s and 50s back in the Seventies and Eighties.

She had a startling admission about the decision she made, and blames it for destroying her marriage.

Alessandra Ferri / Facebook

"And then, the world changed — and not just the world of dance. You had to be young. Actresses were stopped mid-career, too," Ferri said.

So not only did she stop dancing, but she also didn’t exercise anymore. She went from training five hours a day to not training at all. Instead she focused more on being a mother, which she enjoyed, but she still felt empty inside. Eventually, the drastic shift in her lifestyle and routine started taking a toll on her both physically and emotionally. She was beginning to feel lethargic and less energetic. Even her joints and back were in excruciating pain, and it felt as if her entire body had begun to rust.

"And then, the world changed — and not just the world of dance. You had to be young. Actresses were stopped mid-career, too," Ferri said.

Alessandra Ferri / Facebook

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