Polina Konogray posted a lovely tribute to Nikolai Tsiskaridze on her instagram, following her graduation from VBA middle school last week:
“Most people know Nikolai Maximovich as a divine danseur and an amazing teacher. However, he is, first and foremost, an incredibly kind, sympathetic and sincere person, who is always there for you.
I am incredibly grateful for everything you have done for me. There are only a few people like you left in this world.”
Polina Konogray was one of the most promising young students to emerge at Vagaova Ballet Academy in several generations. Unfortunately, a few years ago she suffered a serious injury and it is unlikely that she will return to the academy, though no official statement has been made yet.