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, …

Brits at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

First published 08/03/2014 – last updated – 02/01/2017. In 2012, I became the 11th Brit to train formally at the Bolshoi.  I was often asked about my fellow-Brit predecessors.  Here is the list as I understand it. If you know of any other Brits that I’ve missed out, or if you know of any other …

14 of My Favourite Places to Visit in Moscow

As I’ve now been living in Moscow for nearly 18 months, and I’ve had chance to see and do quite a lot amidst all of my training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, I thought I’d compile a list of my favourite places.  So here is a vegetarian, ballet-dancing perspective of the best places to visit in Moscow …

Video of Small Grand Pas Audition Performance – Bolshoi Ballet Academy Winter Performance 2013

Click on the youtube link to view our audition for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Winter Performance 2013 – featuring me, Carleigh Denlinger, Carlota Rodrigues, Frances Chen, Jotaro Kanazasi, Motoya Araki and girls from the younger classes. If you’d like to follow my career as a professional classical dancer, following my training at the Bolshoi Ballet …

Video of Small Grand Pas Performance

This is the actual performance at the Winter concert which I wrote about in my blog here. Bolshoi Ballet Academy Winter Performance December 2013 – Small Grand Pas featuring Tala Lee-Turton, Carleigh Denlinger, Carlota Rodrigues, Frances Chen, Jotaro Kanazasi, Motoya Araki and girls from the younger classes at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  Choreography by Анна …

My pre-ballet class warm up

Update: I produced this blog post in 2013 in my second year at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and it’s had many, many views. The exercises have stood me in good stead and I use many of them in my training now as a professional.  If you’d like to see updated versions of these stretches and …

Looking ahead after my summer break …

The summer has most definitely sped by; it doesn’t seem so long ago that I was packing to return home in June, and yet now I’m packing to start my second year at the Academy! So here’s my summer update! The last weeks of my initial year at the Academy were really great; one of …

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 …