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Dan Talmi’s Travelogue to Russia May 2011 – Day 1 the Vaganova Academy

Approaching the world famous Vaganova Academy
Approaching the world famous
Vaganova Academy

Travelogue, May 20, Day 1

Vaganova ~ I arrive in Moscow and visit the Vaganova Ballet Academy straight away meeting with a school director. The Vaganova has graduated a galaxy of renowned dancers: Anna Pavlova, Vatslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Oleg Vinogradov, and Yuri Grigorovich, to name just a few. The director told me that each year 5000 9 year olds apply, 75 are accepted and just 25 graduate!

Empress Anna ~ In the lobby of Russia’s Vaganova school I see this fabulous painting of Empress Anna of Russia who founded the school in 1738 (then named Imperial Ballet School). It was the country’s first educational establishment to also provide professional ballet training and is nearing its 275th anniversary. Thank you Anna!

Empress Anna, founder of the Vaganova Academy, in the main lobby
Empress Anna,
founder of the Vaganova Academy,
in the main lobby

Tomorrow ~ I judge an art exhibition, visit Russia’s preeminant and oldest music conservatory and more.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the unique telling of the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her Nutcracker Doll told with true Russian flair. In 2012, Moscow Ballet celebrates its 20th year of touring this performance across North America, and to much critical acclaim! The whimsical fantasy of Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is legendary, with the piece firmly enshrined as a Christmas staple for audiences across the country and in Canada. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, and Moscow Ballet’s company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers are the perfect combination for a holiday celebration for all.

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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed in over 60 cities in 2012. Find a performance in your state below, or visit Your City to find out when we will be in your area. This holiday season, experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker– acclaimed by the press and adored by audiences everywhere. Get your tickets now!

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