Ballet dancers that inspire me ….

There are many dancers that have inspired me to analyse my technique and strive to improve.  Of obvious gravitas are those who paved the way for the talent we see today; from Anna Pavlova to Maya Plisetskaya these are the names upon which ballet as an art is built upon, along with the ground-breaking choreographers …

Harlequin Floors

For those of you attending Move It 2016 this weekend in London, you might have caught sight of me at the Harlequin Floors stand.  OK, so it wasn’t actually me; it was a full size poster of one of the photos from a shoot I did last summer with Nicola Selby for Harlequin. They are just …

Passports, injuries and auditions

Finally, I’m  back in Moscow after a part-planned, part-unplanned prolonged stay at home in the UK over Christmas and New Year.  It’s good to be back in Moscow and reconnect with my training regime here, but it’s really very cold. I must admit I was ready to fly back home in December.  The start to …

More performances on the Bolshoi Theatre Stage…..

September and October have been busy months for performances, too.  In September, we performed the Katerina Ukranian character dance at a Jubilee birthday presentation for one of the teachers at the Academy, Evgenia Karapetovna Farmyants. Also performing at this event was the amazing Maria Alexandrova, principal dancer with the Bolshoi.  She performed a piece from …

Bolshoi Ballet Academy Opening Ceremony 2015

The start of my fourth and final year here at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy was made extra special in that I was part of the formal Opening Ceremony which takes place every 1st September to celebrate the year’s graduates and the arrival of the new students in the first class.  It really initiated the year …

13 lessons I’ve learned as a ballet dancer in training

If you’d like to follow my career as a professional classical dancer, go over to my Instagram page here.  Read on to find out more about my life at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy … If you would like advice on your training, I wrote about things to consider in your everyday ballet training regime here. Looking …

Another performance at the Bolshoi Theatre

May 2015 May is always one of the most exciting times here at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, summer properly establishes itself and the final year student graduation is cause for a great deal of celebration and promise.  It’s in this month that the graduation show takes place creating an atmosphere which is fantastic to be …

Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote – May 2015

It seems that the best things in life are definitely worth waiting for! I’ve been waiting for an eternity to see the Bolshoi version of Don Quixote and finally, last weekend, I managed not only to do that, but to also witness the fabulous Ivan Vasiliev dancing his signature part of Basilio! As per usual, …

Review of Lady of the Camellias – May 2015

Last Saturday, I decided to make a trip to theatre with a group of friends to see Lady of the Camellias – a three act ballet by John Neumeier, based on Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel,  that I was lucky enough to see the premier of in March  last year – see my review here.  I thoroughly enjoyed the …

Easter at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

One of the best things about living in Moscow is being able to celebrate two Easters every year; once to coincide with the one back home in the UK and once for the Orthodox Easter, celebrated here in Russia.  This year the two Easters fell over consecutive weekends so I made sure I filled the …