Category: vaganova ballet academy

tsiskaridze: Happy International Dance Day! Va…

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Happy International Dance Day!

Vaganova Ballet Academy student Anna Sharova painted by Anna Ivanova.

Boys’ class at the Imperial Ballet School (191…

Boys’ class at the Imperial Ballet School (1913)

tsiskaridze: How did you get along with your …

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How did you get along with your classmates?

Alexandra Khiteeva: “They accepted me straight away, which was nice. I followed the girls around like a lost puppy, and they helped me out a great deal. During the first class I, naturally, stood at the side barre and was gradually moved closer to the centre. I’m not much of a fighter; I prefer to get results with work. Sometimes I even get told that this particular character trait may hinder my progress once I join the company, but I can’t do things differently.”

Read the full interview here.

tsiskaridze: Vaganova Ballet Academy graduatio…

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Vaganova Ballet Academy graduation exam – Historical Dance. Grade 8 / Level III. Class of N.S. Yananis. March 2019.

Photos by Andrew Lush.

tsiskaridze: Vaganova Ballet Academy graduatio…

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Vaganova Ballet Academy graduation exam – Historical Dance. Grade 8 / Level III. Class of Y.S. Smirnova. March 2019.

Photos by Andrew Lush.

tsiskaridze: Your workload at the Academy is …

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Your workload at the Academy is intense. Do you have time for anything other than classes and rehearsals?

Alexandra Khiteeva: “All of the academic staff are very understanding of our situation and try not to pressure us, though I enjoy English and the History of Dance classes. To be honest, on weekends I just want to lay around, do nothing, and read books like “Tell me about the sea” by Elchin Safarli and “Brooklyn” by Colm Tóibín. I have to say, though, that Nikolai Maximovich (Tsiskaridze) is very involved in our after-school activities, especially when it comes to the kids who board at the academy. We visit the Russian Museum, the Hermitage and, sometimes, we even manage a quick outing to the movies.”

Read the full interview here.

tsiskaridze: IV “Russian Ballet” Competition. …

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IV “Russian Ballet” Competition. Performances by Vaganova Ballet Academy students Mikhail Barkidjija, Alexandra Khiteeva and Marko Juusela.

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Full list of “Russian Ballet” Competition Winn…

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To answer the questions and messages I’ve received, here’s the full list of the comp winners:

Grand Prix 

  • Dmitry Smilevski (BBA)

I Prize 

  • Elizaveta Kokoreva (BBA)
  • Mikhail Barkidjidja (VBA)

II Prize

  • Alexandra Khiteeva (VBA)
  • Marko Juusela (VBA) 

III Prize

  • Anastasia Plotnikova (BBA)
  • Alexei Khamzin (Perm)

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IV “Russian Ballet” Competition Gala Livestrea…

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Vaganova Ballet Academy students Mikhail Barkidjija, Anastasia Smirnova, Alexandra Khiteeva and Marko Juusela are taking part in the IV “Russian Ballet” Competition. 

You can watch livestream of the competition gala here at 6pm local (Moscow) time tonight. 

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Vaganova Ballet Academy students Mikhail Barkidjija (class of Nikolai Tsiskaridze), Alexandra Khiteeva (class of Irina Sitnikova) and Marko Juusela (class of Nikolai Tsiskaridze) took out I and II awards respectively at the IV “Russian Ballet” Competition!