One year on …

It seems crazy that a whole year has passed since my graduation.  I’ve now commenced my second year as a professional and my first full season working for Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theatre, after gaining such a lot of performance experience initially with Royal Ballet of Moscow and St Petersburg Ballet.

I’ve already had lots of opportunity to perform with Astrakhan, including classics and productions choreographed specifically for the company by our Artistic Director, Konstantin Semyonovich Uralsky.  I will also have the opportunity to tour with Astrakhan that will take us to the UK in the Autumn of 2017.  I’m very excited to be performing in my home country and bringing Russian classical dance to regional venues across the UK.

Here are some pictures of my beautiful theatre in Astrakhan.  This is the last post on my blog.  If you’d like to follow my career as a professional dancer, I will be regularly updating my social media accounts:

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  1. I loved the photos and hearing about your professional life. Because you were supported by the George Gangoux prize and my mother, now passed away, was a rehearsal stand in for Juanita ( Juanita and the Gangoux Brothers) I have a special interest in your career! My granddaughter, Jenny Thayre, has just graduated from Ballet West and looking forward to starting her professional life! Best wishes, Linda McLeod

    1. Hi Linda

      Thank you so much for getting in touch again! I remember that you contacted me once before about your link to the Ganjou Brothers – fabulous to think that your Mum danced with them too. I hope that Jenny has enjoyed Ballet West and is excited about her future as a professional. My experience so far is that it is tough, but incredibly rewarding.

      My company is actually touring in the UK this Autumn so look out for our performances if you have a nearby theatre. And please let me know if you do decide to come watch – it is Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theatre that are performing but it is billed under the production company’s name, Russian State Opera and Ballet House, so if you search for them you should find all the tour dates. We have over 50 dates at regional theatres from October 14th to December 7th, performing Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Nutcracker.

      Hope to maybe see you at one xxx

  2. I will research where and when you are appearing. I will let you know if I am able to get tickets!

  3. I’ve loved reading your blog over the past 5 years….you’ve had so many amazing experiences & I’m sure you have many more to come ? ?

  4. This has all been so interesting to read and observe the photos – thank you for sharing your experience – it will surely be so helpful to any other young dancers wishing to train and work in Russia

  5. I have tickets for The Nutcracker on Monday 20th November at Yeovil. I would be very interested to know the role(s) you are dancing and am looking forward to seeing you dance. Best wishes. Linda McLeod

    1. Hi Linda I’m so pleased you have tickets and look forwards to meeting you 🙂 I should be dancing one of the girls roles at the start, then snowflakes, then either the waltz or the Chinese – it sometimes changes even up to the day of the performance but you will see in the programme. Remember to come say hello after the show x

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