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Old 03-22-2013, 10:56 PM   #10
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The student division and the professional division are two separate entities. However the current teachers at the Russian Bolshoi have trained many of the current professional dancers. In fact the instructors have worked with some who are now among the worlds best dancers. I do not know who my daughters instructors specifically will be, they will be from the Russian Bolshoi however. And the classes will be conducted in Russian (with English translators available) There are two Intensives. My daughter will be in the one for ages 9-14 then there is a high school through 22 yrs of age intensive in a different location taking place simultaneously.

As far as ugly Russian Bolshoi rumors. This is really not so different than the recent and tragic acid throwing incident. There was an interesting stroy on NPR recently about how behvior at the Bolshoi is reflecting current Russian society. I have read that during the soviet era that principal dancers were accorded higher social positions and did interact with Govt. officials but I have not heard that that is the case these days. To this day Ballet is considered an important art form in Russia and is supported by the Govt. but Putin himself takes no particular interest. Historically the Bolshoi has always been a place of intrigue and scandal.

The reason all this scandal continues to be in the press is because it is THE Bolshoi. They are considered excellent and elite and special to Russia; anything that tarnishes them is great news fodder. Not unlike our stories about Hollywood Stars or Politicians and if someone or some organization here in the US becomes embroiled in something that seems so unlike them then we are all shocked and there is lots of news.

As far as dance instruction the technique they use, the Vaganova method, is considered one of the best and they have consistently produced some of the worlds best dancers. But event the best dancers are human and capable of mean things or lying or promoting gossip.

Where my daughter will be is very sheltered and secure or I wouldn't be sending her. The intensive is produced in conjunction with the Russian American Foundation, I have met and corresponded with the assistant director of the foundation and she is very professional. They will have lots of rules and a busy schedule and be well cared for. It is also a small and exclusive program and, yes, elite in the student ballet world. We are very thrilled she gets the opportunity. At her local school they provide Russian Training using the same methods. One of her instructors lived at the Bolshoi form age 10 and danced with them for 11 yrs. She came to the US around the time of the Soviet collapse and we are so lucky she ended up here at our school near the end of her career--she probably could teach another 10-20 yrs though. However my daughter is in a class where the abilities vary; she is one of the better ones at her level but there are others that are not as strong. At the intensive she will be in classes where students are her equal or better so it will really be intense and challenging and allow her to advance her skills. And they will being doing fun activities too over the summer. Not ALL dance and work.

Here is the story I was referring to:
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