By Graham Spicer
December 31, 2013
Dancing, like acting and singing, often runs in the family. There are countless dancers whose parents danced: Zenaida Yanowsky (Royal Ballet), Yury Yanowsky (Boston Ballet) and Nadia Yanowsky (Het Nationale Ballet) are the children of Russian ballet dancer Anatol Yanowsky and Spanish ballet dancer Carmen Robles. Ballet’s in their blood.
What makes the Khan-MacKay family special is that the four siblings – Maria Sascha, Nadia, Julian and Nicholas — are not the children of dancers, nor do they come from London, Paris or New York, where trips to the ballet can be regular events, but are from Montana, the home of cowboys and cattle, the Rockies and the Yellowstone National Park. Yet the family is now dispersed around the globe training and dancing, with Maria Sascha Khan at the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, Nadia Khan with the Compañía Nacional de Danza in Spain, and the boys Julian MacKay and Nicholas MacKay both training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. As elder sister, Maria Sascha, asks, “I was born on the porch of the midwife’s log cabin, in Montana, USA. How do you get from there to an international career in ballet?”
Read more about Maria Sacha, Nadia, their brothers Julian and Nicholas and their parents: http://www.gramilano.com/2013/12/you-choose-it-out-of-love-dancing-with-the-khan-mackay-family/
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