TEACHING CHILDREN TO SOAR

Shortly after Donald McAlpine arrived in Britain from New Zealand, a teenage ballet student from Dublin also made her way to London. Phyllida Porter came to study under Harcourt Algeranoff in Anna Pavlova's ballet company. A few years later, two dancing careers and two lives lived with a spiritual core would intersect, and become intertwined.

As a new student at the Festival Ballet, Phyllida found out that Don, a more senior dancer, was also a student of Christian Science. Phyllida liked Don's "very approachable" manner, and when he joined the new dancers for a post-performance snack, she let slip to him that she was boarding with a Christian Scientist. The rest, as they say, is 50 years of history — of marriage and music, dancing and domestic duties, of a family raised, and challenges faced and overcome together.

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