A Year at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Completed!

May is behind us; June is here; the Moscow sun is blazing- exams are over and my 2013 summer holidays are less than two weeks away! Who would have known that my first year of training here would be over so soon? Returning to the Academy in December- indeed, since I began in August- it never …

One Show – January 2013

This is the feature and interview that I did for the BBC One Show in 2013. It seems such a long time ago that I set off to start my training in Moscow – so watching this reminds me of how exciting and new it all felt as I was making plans to fly out …

A Quick Breather…

I’m taking the opportunity presented by the public holiday today (Worker’s Day) to provide an update on the past month and, indeed, to recharge – our teacher has allowed us two days off, with the admonition that we meet again, in Friday’s class, as if we’ve had two months off, ready to advance full-speed-ahead on exam work. …

A Very Full March

So much happened in March 2013! That first weekend, we had a surprise birthday party for my roommate, Ioanna.  This was followed by a trip to see an international rhythmic gymnastics competition in the stadium at Sportivnia which was incredible! We heard about it through my same roommate as her journey to ballet initiated from …

What’s New In February

February has been a great month for new experiences as I’ve done quite a bit of sight seeing – visiting new places and revisiting some of the ones I’ve already visited but getting a new perspective on them now I feel at home in Moscow.  I’ve visited the Pushkin Art Gallery, which I’d been dying …

Spending Some Time Back Home

December 2012 saw temperatures drop really, really low – I left Moscow at crazy minus twenty. Luckily, I was too busy packing and organising my things to need to leave the Academy for much more than a short trip to the supermarket! On our last class (I still did ballet technique class and pointe class …