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Ballet's Braying Cast Member Dances Farewell Waltz

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Ballet's Braying Cast Member Dances Farewell Waltz

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Ballet's Braying Cast Member Dances Farewell Waltz

Ballet's Braying Cast Member Dances Farewell Waltz

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At the farewell party for a longtime cast member of a premiere Russian ballet company, she danced a waltz. Monika "loves to perform and she loves applause," said a spokeswoman for Mariinsky Ballet, long known as the Kirov — though Monika, who is a donkey, was never on point.

Most of Monika's time onstage was spent carrying Don Quixote's portly sidekick Sancho Panza.

To celebrate her final curtain call, Monika was given a carrot cake.