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So many people, including prominent dancers, have already addressed Lara Spencer’s comment about Prince George taking (and loving) ballet classes on Good Morning America.

I have only one thing to add: this is what toxic masculinity (spread by a woman, no less!) looks like. And it’s incredibly damaging. Stop it.


Thiago Soares, Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet: 

“Just want to share my support to all boys around the world that do ballet or would like to become a professional dancer or even just dance for the fun of it, since it shapes your body, teaches you discipline and engage you in a great form of art.
For those who don’t know my journey, I must say that I had a magic one so far through ballet. I’ve made a career in London at the Royal Ballet and have been working in other theatres around the world meeting some incredible people and colleagues. Through ballet I had the opportunity to build a life for myself since my first dance steps long time ago in Brazil.
I’ve met presidents, governors, ambassadors and leaders that kindly recognized me, my art and my commitment to ballet.
This is a picture of when I met Prince Charles at the Royal Palace in UK, visiting with the Royal Ballet.
Art has no gender and it’s well past time for TV shows and its presenters such @goodmorningamerica and @lara.spencer to recognize that. Shame on you.
And cheers to the Royal Family for giving Prince George the chance to study ballet and be in contact with so many forms of art and support him.
Boys in ballet🎉👊🏼🙏🏻" 


Shale Wagman (a prodigy and the future of ballet): 

“For me ballet is one of the truest forms of expression. I experienced bullying growing up as a male dancer in North America but I always held my head up high with pride due to the constant support of my parents. People dedicate their whole lives to this art form. It takes strength, passion, drive, intelligence, focus, soul, resilience etc. and that should be appreciated. Ballet is such an exquisite art form full of depth and true means of human communication. I hope us dancers can spread the meaning/ love of dance with the world so that everyone could experience the feeling of what dance gives the soul.
Prince George and all young dancers, keep on doing what you love and you can change the world." 

Maria Khoreva, First Soloist with the Mariinsky: 

“Oh my God just seeing this now…
@goodmorningamerica @lara.spencer 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭made me cry…………
My partners are EVERYTHING for me I can’t even it hurts so much to hear this attitude! Who’d be supporting us on stage if it was not for them? Who’d be dancing so beautiful and strong if it was not for our FANTASTIC male ballet dancers?????? ❤️ And also ballet is life for so many people… Why shaming this beautiful art form… I may be biased in this but I genuinely believe ballet is something wonderful!!! Sending my biggest hugs to all the ballet dancers and ballet lovers out there!!! We’re a huuuuge family and we love each other, right? 🙏🏻😭 “

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Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva rehearsing The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Ballet, 2019)

Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva rehearsing The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Ballet, 2019)


Vaganova Ballet Academy pas de deux exam prep with Maria Khoreva and Jorge Palacios.

(April 2018)


Historical Dance exam at Vaganova Ballet Academy. Class of 2018. Photo by Andrew Lush.

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MARIA KHOREVA’s upcoming performances:

  • Princess Masha – “The Nutcracker” – January 13
  • Diamonds soloist – Balanchine’s “Jewels” – January 26

DARIA IONOVA’s upcoming performances:

  • Emeralds soloist – Balanchine’s “Jewels” – January 26

MARIA BULANOVA’s upcoming performances:

  • Myrtha – “Giselles” – January 11
  • “In the Night” – January 12
  • The Queen of the Snowflakes – “The Nutcracker” – January 23
  • Rubies soloist – Balanchine’s “Jewels” – January 26

ANASTASIA NUYKINA’s upcoming performances:

  • Princess Masha – “The Nutcracker” – January 13 (matinee)

ERVIN ZAGIDULLIN’S upcoming performances:

  • Nurali – The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” – January 20
  • The Jester – “Swan Lake” – January 24

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Maria Khoreva in Le Corsaire (Mariinsky Ballet, 2018)


How long did it take Lukina and Shakirova to be promoted?

I believe Shakirova was promoted coryphee and then to second soloist within one year of joining the company. She has now been promoted to first soloist. Lukina followed a similar path / timeframe but a bit slower pace because of an injury. 

Which Mariinsky primas are nearing retirement?

“Nearing retirement” is a pretty broad term. Some ballerinas dance well into their forties. Tereshkina and Kondaurova are the oldest / longest serving primas in the company. I’m not counting Vishneva because I feel that she has unofficially retired from classical ballet and will only dance contemporary / modern from now on (years ago, she said that this was indeed her intention after having children). Plus, she hasn’t performed with the company in a few years.

Why is May Nagahisa hated on so much? She really is an outstanding if very young dancer who still needs to develop (as do so many others) and totally deserved the promotion in my opinion. Her sylph was etheral!

She’s an outsider. She’s a foreigner who didn’t train in Russia and she joined the company via traineeship, which is not a very common career path in Russia. Any dancer who progresses through the ranks quickly receives some form of backlash, but an outsider like May would be judged even more harshly.

Could you please tell me why mariinsky is more famous than Mikhailovsky? Ty

The Mariinsky was founded in 1783. It was Russia’s Imperial Theatre – the heart of Russian ballet. This is where “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake” (in the incarnation we know and love today) and “The Nutcracker” were born, and the greatest Russian ballet dancers performed. Mikhailovsky was founded a bit later, in 1833. Correct me if I’m wrong, by I think that it served as a stage for foreign companies until the revolution, and the actual Mikhailovsky company wasn’t formed until 1918. So culturally and historically, the Mariinsky is older and more significant. 

I think we can all unanimously agree that Khoreva’s gonna be the next Mariinsky principal, can’t we?

Well, no. While she’s likely to be promoted to that rank at some point in the future, I think some ballerinas (like Novikova and Shakirova) will get there first. So technically she won’t be “the next”.

What happens when in the next few years most of the current Mariinsky primas retire? As the Mariinsky is slow in promoting they’d have to promote a bunch of dancers like Khoreva, Lukina, Shakirova… and I don’t see that happening.

I think they’re slowly lining up the new generation of primas, though it will be years before the changeover fully takes place. They have some tremendously talented dancers in the corps and more are joining every year. I’m actually not nearly as concerned about the future of the company as I used to be.

From an instastory picture of a Mariinsky Nov. 21st Giselle program, I saw that Vlada Borodulina (Peasant Pas/Moyna debut) had “первое выступление лауреат международного конкурса” next to her name. I know the first part is ‘First Performance’ but wasn’t sure what the last part meant. It sounded like she won a competition? But I wasn’t sure. Curious if you had any clue. Thanks!

“первое выступление” means “first performance; “лауреат международного конкурса" mean “Laureate (award winner) of an international competition”.

Could Shapran be the next Mariinsky principal?

Your guess is as good as mine. My gut feeling is that Novikova will be promoted ahead of her.

Zolotykh is dancing, however she seems to have become one of those dancers who is strictly a corps dancer. She occasionally will perform one of the three Goldfish in ’(I forgot whichever Opera it is)’.

That makes me sad. I hope she progressed beyond those roles. I’ve been really rooting for her since her injury.

Mariinsky’s website says they will be performing ‘Fairy Doll’ in the spring– though nothing to indicate it is a VBA performance, like there normally is. This would be the first time the actual company has performed it in years. Since it was revived by VBA, and so many of those students who revived it are now in the company, do you think we’ll see those students perform those roles i.e, Khoreva=Fairy Doll, Borodulina=Spanish, Ionova=Chinese, etc, or will MT bring a whole new cast?

They haven’t announced the cast yet, but I actually think it will be performed by Vaganova Academy students.

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Maria Khoreva as Terpsichore in Apollo (Mariinsky Ballet, 2018)