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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.

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