Debut on the Bolshoi Theatre Stage

February was such a fantastic month that I really expected to find March ever so slightly disappointing in comparison, however, I couldn’t have been more wrong!  I’ve been so busy this month that I almost don’t know where to start.  I suppose most significant was my debut on the Bolshoi Theatre stage!  We were very …

Preparation for Tanzolymp 2015

It’s already only the third week of the new term back in an extremely snowy Moscow and yet I have rehearsed my variations for Tanzolymp 2015 nearly every day with my teacher, Revich, so that I was quickly into shape and motivated for the competition which takes place in Berlin in February.  In addition to …

Second course modern exam 2014

December was a very busy month, starting with our modern exam which upon completion signals the end of our modern classes in the three year diploma course. The modern exam consisted of some group exercises followed by a series of solos.  It’s uploaded in two parts below. Nere’s solo is at 8:25 of the part 1 …

Winter performance auditions 2014

I was fortunate to audition four pieces for this year’s Winter performance – one solo piece and three group pieces. My solo was Gulnare variation from Le Corsaire.  The classical ballet group piece was the Clock Dance from Coppelia and the two character group pieces were from Moiseyev repertoire.  The videos of the group pieces are …

A day in the life of a Bolshoi Ballet Academy student

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. This …

Winter’s here in Moscow!

17th October.  That’s the day Winter officially arrived here in Moscow.  I’m not sure whether the temperature had dropped a little below zero before then but I was certainly more aware of it after that fateful Friday that brought the first snow to the City!  Temperatures have since been down as low as minus 10 degrees!  As …

First month of second course at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

I think it’s fair to say that summer is definitely over now; both in terms of the weather and the way that things have picked up with my ballet training here in Moscow.  I was extremely glad to return at the end of August and ready to hit second course running; arguably the hardest year …

Highlights of my second year training at the Bolshoi

I can’t quite believe I’m back home after completing the second year of my training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy!  I left Moscow in the scorching 30 degrees heat – it’s not so hot and sunny here in England but I am pleased to be back and catching up with all my friends and family …

The End of Another Year at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Spring 2014 is fast turning into summer 2014 and my second year here in Moscow at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy almost over! It’s a scary thought to consider: in less than two weeks, I’ll have completed the first course (first year) of my three year diploma. This last month has been the toughest in my …

Getting ready for the first course ballet exam

As the Spring 2014 weather finally arrives in Moscow, so do the exams, which brings a real intensity to my training. My teacher, Revich, has been working us very hard in preparation for our end of first course ballet exam that will be on the 16th May. We’ve been doing run throughs of the exam, …