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  • Moscow Ballet Commemorates Petipa's 100 Year Legacy

    Marius PetipaJuly 14th, 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Marius Petipa’s death. Petipa is considered to be ”the father of Russian ballet” and one of the most influential choreographers in history. His most famous works include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. 


    “In recognition of Petipa’s vast contributions to Russian ballet and culture, Moscow Ballet is selecting Russian artists who represent the contemporary sensibilities in Russian visual art to create limited edition paintings. These new works will be inspired by three of Petipa’s artistically acclaimed story ballets:  Swan Lake,The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty- all of which Moscow Ballet performs on it’s annual tours of North America.” ~ Quote  You can read more about this amazing tribute here.

  • The Bolshoi Academy Celebrates First British Grad

    Check out this amazing story! Nineteen year old Henry Perkins is the first Briton to graduate from the highly esteemed, very rigorous Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

    _Henry-Perkins-1_1667319c"The academy, which has turned out stars such as Maya Plisetskaya and Maris Liepa, is famed for its technical brilliance and for the stamina it expects in its elite students. Dozens of other British ballet students have applied over the years, but the only other one to have been accepted, Ralf Pickering, did not complete the course. Just getting a place is a colossal achievement - not least because students have to follow Russia's standard school curriculum simultaneously. When Henry first arrived, he could speak no Russian and had to converse with his classmates using a dictionary." ~ Quote The London Telegraph

    You can read more about Henry's inspirational journey here.

  • The Bolshoi Mourns the Loss of Semyonova



    "Marina Semyonova, one of the first great Soviet prima ballerinas who made her debut in the 1920s, has died," Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre said on Wednesday. "Semyonova began her career at the Kirov ballet, now the Mariinsky, in Saint Petersburg before moving to the Bolshoi in 1930, where she danced until 1952."  - AFP (Moscow)

    "A graduate of the St. Petersburg Ballet School and a pupil of the world famous ballet teacher Agrippina Vaganova, Marina Semenova was the first Soviet ballerina to have tremendous success on foreign stages in the 1930s. She worked with the Kirov Ballet – now the Mariinsky Theatre – until 1930 when Stalin had her transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

    "She danced all the leading parts in classical ballet repertoire, including Giselle, Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”, Odette-Odile in “Swan Lake”, Raimonda and many more." - RT Top Stories. Click here to read more.

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