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Olga Spessivtseva – outstanding ballerina

Olga Spessivtseva

“There was an apple in the world, it was cut into two halves. One half was Pavlova, another – Spessivtseva”.
Enrico Cecchetti, Italian ballet teacher of the twentieth century.

Olga Spessivtseva was one of the outstanding classical ballerinas of the 20th century.
She entered St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet Academy in 1906. After graduating in 1913, she joined the Mariinsky Theatre. The romantic dancer ideally suited for roles such as Giselle and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Spessivtseva was called the last legend of romanticism in ballet.
The audience first saw her in 1913. She was a young beautiful girl, gentle, timid, with huge, full of mystery eyes, pale skin and black hair.
In the early twenties, the girl was a real teen idol. She danced in performances of Diaghilev’s troupe with a unique Vaslav Nijinsky. And in the early nineties Spessivtseva, after mental illness, ended her days far from home, in one of the homes for the elderly people.
Her name is surrounded by an aura of mystery – a star and a victim of her time, silent, absolutely indifferent to fame…
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Agrippina Vaganova – Queen of variations

Agrippina Vaganova - Queen of variations

Agrippina Vaganova – Queen of variations


Agrippina Vaganova (July 6, 1879 – November 5, 1951) was a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher, who created her own teaching method, known as Vaganova method or Vaganova system. Her book, Fundamentals of the Classical Dance remains a standard textbook for the instruction of ballet technique. It was first published in 1934 and translated into many languages.
In 1897 Agrippina graduated from the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg and in the same year she was taken into the Mariinsky corps de ballet.
Agrippina was known as The Queen of Variations. She played many notable roles including Odette-Odile (Swan Lake), the Mazurka (Chopiniana), Tsar-Maiden (The Little Humpbacked Horse); she created the role of the Chinese Doll in Fairy Doll (1903).
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Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky (his real name is Vsevolod) is a Russian singer, songwriter and dancer. Vlad danced in show-ballet Todes, sang in the band BiS. Now he is a solo artist, who works in R&B and euro-pop styles.
He was born on September 24, 1991 in Moscow.
Together with Russian singer Philip Kirkorov Vlad performed the hit My Bunny when the boy was only three years old. And in 1996, he sang this song in the TV project Morning Star. In 2012 Vlad sang the same song in the program Property of the Republic with singer Nyusha.
In 2002 and 2004 Sokolovsky took part in a musical circus show Fairy Journey.
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Galina Ulanova, great Russian dancer

Galina Ulanova

“She was an angel and she danced like one”, said Maya Plisetskaya.

Galina Ulanova was one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. She was a muse of dance.
Galina was born on January 8, 1910 in a family of renowned Mariinsky Ballet dancer, Sergey Ulanov. Galina’s first teacher was her mother, great dancer Maria Romanova.
At first little girl didn’t want to study ballet. She was fond of swimming and fishing and dreamed of becoming a sailor.
In 1922, when Slava Zakharov and Galya Ulanova danced the mazurka among other pupils of the Leningrad Choreographic School, no one could guess that the girl would be a great dancer, who made Russian ballet famous, and a boy would be a famous choreographer…
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Olga Lepeshinskaya, Stalins favourite ballerina

Olga Lepeshinskaya, Stalins favourite ballerina

Olga Lepeshinskaya, Stalins favourite ballerina

Olga Lepeshinskaya was one of the most honored Soviet ballerinas. She symbolized the whole epoch of the Russian ballet. Among her numerous awards and titles there were the Order of Lenin, which she got at the age of 21, Order of the October Revolution, Medal for the Defence of Moscow, two Orders of the Red Banner of Labour and Amber Cross, the highest award of the Russian Academy of Arts.
They say she was the favorite ballerina of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
Olga was born on September 15, 1916 in Kiev, Russian Empire into a noble family. As a child the girl was fond of dancing. But she did not think about her hobby as a future profession: she dreamed of becoming an engineer and build bridges.
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Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev – Russian ballet dancers

Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev - Russian ballet dancers

Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev – Russian ballet dancers

Ekaterina Maximova and her husband Vladimir Vasiliev were great Soviet and Russian ballet dancers, choreographers and ballet teachers.
Ekaterina Maximova was born on February 1, 1939 in Moscow. She was one of the most popular and beloved of the Russian ballerinas of the 20th Century. In 1973 Ekaterina was awarded the title People’s Artist of the USSR and in 1981 Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR.
Ekaterina is a granddaughter of Russian philosopher, philologist and critic, polyglot G.G. Shpet. Her mother was a journalist.
In 1958, Ekaterina graduated from the Moscow Choreographic School and was admitted to the Bolshoi Theater, where she worked until 1988.
In 1957 Maximova won the National competition of ballet dancers in Moscow and in the same year she made her debut as Masha in The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.
Ekaterina performed a lot with her husband Vladimir Vasiliev.
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Sergey Krapiva – actor and model

Sergey Krapiva - actor and model

Sergey Krapiva – actor and model


Sergey Krapiva (his real name is Sergey Krapiventsev) is an actor, professional dancer, choreographer, model. He is one of the Top 100 most beautiful people of Moscow.
Sergey was born on May 23, 1977 in Tula.
He has acted in many TV commercials for leading brands, as well as videos of famous artists. He worked with Russian stars including Sophia Rotaru, A-Studio, band Tea for Two, Jasmine, Igor Krutoi, Alena Sviridova, singer Slava.
He worked as a choreographer in Lena Zosimova’s music video and met stylist Alisher. Stylist invited him to shoot for the OM magazine in 2001. So his modeling career began. Sergey worked with many popular magazines including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, OM, GQ, Playboy, Vogue, Maxim and others.
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