Graduation 2016 – Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Wow.  It’s hard to describe the magnitude of my feelings when I look back on my graduation at the end of June.  I’ve graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy after four years of intensity I never dreamed I would ever experience.  I am now only the third British female student to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in its 243-year history! I have my Diploma, I’ve taken my bags, and I’ve left the Academy as a graduate. If you’d like to follow my career as a professional classical dancer, go over to my Instagram page here.

Tala Lee-Turton Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Tala Lee-Turton Bolshoi Ballet Academy

The experience was one I shall never forget; being handed my diploma by our Director, Marina Konstantinova Leonova, in my graduation outfit I’ve had picked out since December with my fellow graduates and friends!

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Bolshoi Ballet Academy - Tala Lee-Turton

The ceremony took place on the Academy’s stage which was lined with a red carpet and a red velvet backdrop adorned with a huge 217″ to mark us as the 217th graduating year.  It was a wonderful to sit there upon the stage letting the accomplishments of the year sink in.

I was really pleased with my exam results that formed the basis for my diploma.  I received fives (out of five) for my vocational exams and five with a distinction for my academics.  In addition, I received the certificate for my second level Russian language exam.

The ceremony glowed with a bitter-sweet energy as I realised this was the last time I would be with many of these teachers and fellow students.  We also celebrated afterwards at Chips in Moscow – sat on the rooftop watching Moscow light up in the dusk was a fitting farewell to the Academy.

I will always be grateful for the value of the experience and knowledge I have gained during my training at the Academy.  Now I feel suitably prepared for the next step on this path that my love for classical dance has taken me.


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