YOU feel older when police officers and doctors look unfeasibly young.

The same might well be said of ballet dancers.

I watched Italian-born Marcello Pelizzoni give an absolutely stunning performance as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and then thought there was a misprint in the programme.

He was born in 1999.

Tchaikovsky's enduring classic was given a traditional outing by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia, on its 2018-2019 UK tour.

It was vibrant, colourful, precise, charming, moving and wonderfully appreciated by a good house for the matinee performance.

The simple and very effective device of animated scenery was also a rather excellent touch.

So the moon shimmered over the rippling waters of lake and swans glided across and flew overhead, at points mirroring the dancers on stage.

At the dramatic finale the water became turbulent as it overwhelmed Prince Siegfried and the evil Baron Von Rothbart (Maksim Ikonostasov). Elena Svinko was of course delightful as Odette/Odile.

Tchaikovsky's score was performed to perfection by the Russian State Ballet Orchestra under the baton of Anatoliy Cherpunoy.

The company, with artistic director Sergei Bobrov, delivered Giselle, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake on successive days in Bournemouth.

A real class act.