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Vaslav Nijinsky – outstanding ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – outstanding ballet dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky – outstanding ballet dancer

It is said that on the day when the future great dancer Vaclav Nijinsky was born, whether the Emperor himself, or someone from the Grand Dukes arranged a small feast for the ballet troupe at the Mariinsky Theater. An elegant silver cup was one of the prizes for the soloists. Vaslav’s father jumped up and caught the prize thrown by monarch. “It will become my son’s talisman!”, he cried. But he was wrong. Soon his father left the family. And a woman became his talisman…
Many things in the life of the remarkable ballet dancer were strange and mysterious. For example, his famous, truly fantastic jump on the stage. It seemed that Nijinsky freely floated in the air. Nobody else could do the same. People even looked for carefully hidden springs in his shoes. However, they did not find anything!
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Mikhail Baryshnikov – Silent genius

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov – Silent genius

On January 27, 1948 in Riga in a military family was born a son Mikhail. The boy’s life wasn’t easy. He grew up in a large communal apartment and when the boy was 12 years old his mother committed suicide. She supported Mikhail’s decision to go to Riga Choreography School. Few years Baryshnikov spent with his father, but then he married again and Misha began to live an independent life. He moved to Leningrad.
In 1967 Baryshnikov finished his studies and began performing on the stage of the Kirov Theatre. He became a favorite of the audience – and not only because of his dancing skills. Baryshnikov is not only a great dancer, but also a great actor. He danced in “Giselle”, “Vestris”, “Creation of the World”…
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Sofya Skya – Sofya Arzhakovskaya

Sofya Skya actress and Beauty Queen

Sofya Skya – actress and Beauty Queen

Sofya Skya is a Russian ballet dancer, an American film actress and Mrs. World 2006 winner. Her real name is Sofya Arzhakovskaya.
The beautiful girl was born on August 12, 1987 in St. Petersburg in a family of a dentist. Her grandmother is Emma Shchetinina, a famous harpist and teacher, Honored Artist of Bashkortostan.
The little girl liked dancing very much. At the age of ten, she joined children’s studio Music Hall, where she began to earn her own money. At the age of 12 Sofya moved to Ufa, where she entered Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy. 16-year-old girl joined the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre as a Corps de Ballet member and participated in Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Snow White, Esmeralda, Raymonda.
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Natalia Guslistaya – Natalie Burn

Natalia Guslistaya

Natalia Guslistaya – beautiful actress and dancer

Natalia Guslistaya or Natalie Burn is an actress, choreographer, modern ballet dancer, stuntwoman and an extremely beautiful girl. Natalia entered Actors Studio, becoming a student of Al Pacino, Martin Landau and Sally Kirkland.
Her dance impressed director of London’s Royal Academy and great Maurice Bejart.
The beautiful and talented girl was born in the USSR in the family of a ballerina and a representative of scientific dynasty. She began dancing in Kiev. Then the family moved to Moscow, and Natalia continued her studies at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography at the Bolshoi Theater.
She also studied at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she was invited by the director Gailene Stock, and at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. The girl practiced with famous choreographers in 3 studios Pineapple Studio (London), Millennium Studios (Los Angeles), and The Edge Studios (Los Angeles).
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Maya Plisetskaya – great ballerina

Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya – great ballerina

On November 20, 1925 was born one of the world’s most famous ballerinas Maya Plisetskaya. She is truly a legend, her dancing is magic, Nirvana and just breathtaking. She deserved those long standing ovations.
In order to be a ballerina Plisetskaya, being evacuated to Sverdlovsk during the Great Patriotic War, without a permit went to Moscow to study ballet.
In spring 1943 she began working at the Bolshoi Theater.
Later Plisetskaya’s “Dying Swan” became famous throughout the world. However, before the dance, she visited the zoo and watched swans’ plastic, head movement and wingspan. Ballerina danced “Swan Lake” for more than 800 times.
Her regular partners were Alexander Bogatyrev and Alexander Godunov.
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Oksana Grishuk – Russian ice dancer

Oksana Grishuk

Oksana Grishuk – Russian ice dancer. photo

Oksana Grishuk is a Russian former competitive ice dancer, best known for her partnership with Evgeni Platov. They are two-time Olympic champion (1994, 1998), four-time World champion (1994–1997), and three-time European champion (1996–1998).
With previous partner Alexandr Chichkov, she is the 1988 World Junior champion.
Grishuk studied at the Sports University of Moscow from 1988 to 1992. In 1994 she moved to Delaware and in 1996 to Massachusetts.
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Anastasia Volochkova – Russian ballet dancer

Anastasia Volochkova ballet dancer

Anastasia Volochkova – Russian ballet dancer

Anastasia Volochkova, a renowned Russian ballet dancer, was born on January 20, 1976 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
She was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia, People’s Artist of Karachay-Cherkessia, and People’s Artist of North Ossetia-Alania. Anastasia was the winner of Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition, was awarded “Benois de la Danse” prize in 2002 and “Golden Lion” award in 2009 as the most talented dancer in Europe.
Anastasia was born in the family of Yuri Fyodorovich, USSR table tennis champion and coach, and Tamara Vladimirovna, a tour guide. Volochkova dreamed of becoming a ballerina since childhood. She was five years old when she first saw “The Nutcracker” at the Mariinsky Theatre and fell in love with ballet.
A graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Russian Ballet, a student of the famous teacher Natalia Dudinskaya, began her career as prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1994. She danced the leading roles in “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Nutcracker” and others.
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