Earlier this week, Guinness World Records announced that Joffrey Ballet star Fabrice Calmels is the tallest ballet dancer in the world. Calmels measures a whopping six feet, six inches. I'm just 5' 2.5" myself (and yes, the .5" is important), which makes his height seem even more astounding. I mean, can you imagine partnering with him? He'd toss me in the air like a basketball, and it'd be so. much. fun.
For his official Guinness World Records page, Calmels chose a photo juxtaposing his stature with that of tiny San Francisco Ballet principal Maria Kochetkova. The image was originally posted on Instagram this summer. (They were both performing at a gala in California.) In it, Masha—five feet of ballet sunshine—looks adorably petite next to the giant Calmels.
But the photo cuteness actually started back in April, when the two posed backstage at NYC's David H. Koch Theater:
There's something so darn perfect about the two of them side by side. I know what you're thinking: Wouldn't all photos of Calmels be better with an even tinier Kochetkova in them? I agree. So for your Saturday afternoon viewing pleasure, I present a game:
Spot the Masha!
1. Careful, Othello. You never know who might be listening...
2. So that's how La Bayadère's Solor became such a great warrior...
3. Mini Masha is straight chillin'.
5. It's a bird! It's a plane! No: It's Super Masha!