The fact that Caroline Cavallo ended up saving the premiere of the Royal Danish Ballet's production of "Sleeping Beauty" as her last performance with the company is a fitting metaphor for her 21 years at the RDB. She has been the most reliable and constant force of the company, the one scores of ballet masters could depend on and probably the hardest and most dedicated worker in the company.
It was in "Serenade" that I and several others first saw that Cavallo had a great gift. Her waltz girl showed her musicality and softness and it was clear that not only could she handle more than the odd solo but that she could go far. And in a few seasons she took over more and more parts, because she was more Bournonville than Silja Schandorff, more classical than Rose Gad and more romantic than Christina Olsson.
Cavallo has danced a perhaps broader repertoire than her fellow principals, but the cost has been that she has never been allowed to specialise in an employ. On the plus side this has given her greater variety, but she has seldom owned a part. She talked about it in a television programme focusing on three RDB swans 5 - 6 years ago, realising that she came to the part of Odette/Odile with less natural claim than Silja Schandorff, but stating that although her neck ideally should have been longer, she had to use the one she had.
Cavallo brought all her discipline and dedication to every opportunity, and has through her career always made time for extra curricular work like appearing in choreographic workshops, small scale tours and was one of the principals who freely gave their time and talent to the major task of making a video of the whole Bournonville schools.
Her relationship with Bournonville has been one of highlights of her career. She has danced a number of leads and divertissements from the juvenile "Flower Festival" through "La Sylphide" and concluding with Bournonville's most mature ballerina, Louise in "The Life Guards at Amager", a unprecedented run for a non-Danish dancer.
Cavallo has been faithful to her adopted company and country, and as such should be considered a role model for the large group of foreign dancers at the RDB. Following retirement she will continue to live in Denmark with her family and is considering a future in teaching either children for one of the RDB's talent centers or company class.