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From Kirill Sokolovsky’s interview with La Personne

Kirill, how did you get into ballet?

I took dance and step classes together with my next-door neighbour – a girl. When I was in fourth grade, some people from the Belarusian State Choreography Gymnasium-College came to our school; they were looking for potential new students. When they asked: “Does anyone do dance?”, I raised my hand, naturally. They asked me to step forward, looked me over, and asked for my mom’s phone number. They called her almost immediately. I worked out that the trip from my house to the college would take an hour and a half one way, and together with my parents we decided that the commute would be too long. We turned the offer down. The college wouldn’t stop calling, though. They called every day, even after the enrolments had finished. I ended up coming to the second round of auditions later that summer. I was very vocal about not wanting to dance in tights, but my mom bribed me with the promise of a present. In the end, I got in.

What happened next?

I got on with my training in Belarus, but as time went on I learned more and more about Vaganova Ballet Academy. Overtime, I developed a strong desire to train there. One day, Vladimir Vasiliev came [to Minsk] to stage “Anyuta” – one of his ballets; I danced the part of Anyuta’s brother. During one of the rehearsals, Vladimir Viktorovich suggested that I should try to transfer [to VBA]. I gave it a go and, when I was in third year, I moved to St Petersburg. My parents had no idea about any of this until my transfer was finalised.

Translated by melmoth
Photos by Alisa Aslanova
Interview ny Elizaveta Emelkina

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Vaganova Ballet Academy classical dance and duet methodology professor Irina Trifonova celebrates her jubilee today (October 29, 2019). Trifonova is the Academy’s longest-serving teacher – she has been working there since 1951! Trifonova had studied under Maria Romanova (Galina Ulanova’s mother) and Agrippina Vaganova. Happy birthday!

The photos are from the Vaganova Ballet Academy’s archive.

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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 (1913)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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