La Personne: Anastasia Nuykina

A graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, where she had studied under Lyudmila Kovaleva, Anastasia has already danced the part of Maria in “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” and Masha in “The Nutcracker”. At the end of her first season, she was supposed to debut as Gamzatti in “La Bayadere”, but an injury prevented her from performing. New debuts await Anastasia in the upcoming season, and we wish her all the energy and inspiration she needs to work towards her ultimate dream – to dance.

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The Bolshoi’s “Spartacus” on tour in Brisbane.

I had an opportunity to see “Swan Lake” at the Bolshoi when I was a child; my school offered students who were interested in seeing the ballet a day trip to Moscow. The outing was entirely voluntary, and the children who did not wish to go would get a day off school instead. Guess which option my stupid nine-year-old self went with.

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La Personne: Alexandra Khiteeva

Alexandra Khiteeva, the soon-to-be graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy and former student of Kazan Ballet Academy, came to St Petersburg from her native Kazan four years ago. Last September, she received First Prize at VaganovaPRIX competition, she spent the following winter touring Japan with her fellow students, and will next week take part in the “Russian Ballet” Competition at the Bolshoi, where she will perform variations from “Suite en Blanc” and “Le Réveil de Flore”.

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Vaganova Ballet Academy Documentary is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews.  For daily updates, please follow my blog: I’m happy to share with you my English translation of a short documentary about Vaganova Ballet Academy, featuring past and current Academy students: Maria Koshkareva (class of Lyudmila Komolova), Alexandra Khiteeva (class of Irina Sitnikova) and Ruslan Stenyushkin […]

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Tatler Russia: Mikhail Barkidjija is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews.  For daily updates, please follow my blog: Translation by   |   Follow Mikhail on instagram   |  Photo by Anton Zemlyakov  Ваше главное достижение? Тот факт, что Николай Максимович Цискаридзе меня не выгнал – я уже на выпускном курсе Академии русского балета им. А.Я. Вагановой. […]

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