Tree of Codes – Review

It’s not often I actually manage to see a ballet here in Britain, never mind one as close to home as Manchester. However, just such a thing occurred recently, with the final showing of one of the most creatively inspired works I have ever seen, Tree of Codes. The hour and a half, single act …

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 …

Staatsballett and Sightseeing in Berlin!

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 … Whilst competing at Tanzolymp 2015 (see my post here), in Berlin, I also had the chance to appreciate Staatsballett’s production of …

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 …

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, …

Springtime celebrations in Moscow – and Lady of the Camellias

The end of February and start of March 2014 really was the time for celebrations; the pancake-eating festival of Maslenitsa (pretty much the same as our pancake day except it lasts the whole week!) was the last week of February and it was soon followed by International Womens’ Day on the 8th March.  Of course, …

An Introduction to Stanislavsky and a Visitor Arrives

Already October has ended and November 2013 is upon us; really, I don’t know where the time is going! This year I was lucky enough to have my Mum book to visit me half way through this first ‘semester’ but, back in September, the exact date (30th October) seemed a long way off- such a …

Free theatre tickets are like buses….

2013 ….you wait all year for one and then two come along at once.  The year has started in an altogether different way to my first year.  Whereas before it took me about a month to figure out how I could get to see any ballet performances at the theatre; this year the Academy provided …

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