The Princess and the pointe


Little girls often dream of being princesses. It’s a girl thing. Boys don’t dream of being princes. Girls are dreamy in that. For one girl, being a princess was a reality. Princess Nathalie Poutianie was top-drawer Russian nobility, whose family was in the thick of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 when Natalya was still a little girl, a little ballerina. Escaped from Russia with other emigrés, the Poutiatine family ended up in Malta. It was Natalya’s fate to start the love of dance in Malta. delved into this Princess’s association with Malta and interviewed author and Head of Research at the Royal Academy of Dance Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, and Giulia Privitelli, editorial assistant from Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti