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  • Historical Event - American Dancer Joins Bolshoi Ballet

    Photo Credit: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times


    In an exciting historical twist, an American dancer will join the ranks of Bolshoi Ballet's finest.

    David Hallberg, principal dancer with American Ballet Theater will become the first American to join the highly esteemed Russian company. Hallberg will dance as a premier, the equivalent of a "principal dancer".

    “Personally I feel a sense of responsibility as an American,” Mr. Hallberg said on Tuesday, adding that he was proud to join such a historic company. “I will be bringing something different to the company but I will also be respecting their traditions as well.” He said he was aware of the unique responsibility entailed in being a first. “There will be people watching,” he said. “I have to do it justice.” (The New York Times)

    Read all about this historical event 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.

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