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Olga Spessivtseva – outstanding ballerina

Olga Spessivtseva

Olga Spessivtseva – outstanding ballerina

“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 most famous and brightest classical ballerinas of the 20th century.
Awesome girl entered the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet Academy in 1906. After graduating in 1913, she joined the Mariinsky Theatre. Fantastic dancer ideally suited for roles of Giselle and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. You know, 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 was a legendary Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher. You know, she became the first professor of choreography in the USSR. Awesome woman created her own teaching method, known as Vaganova method or Vaganova system, which became the basis of world ballet pedagogy. And her students are known and popular all over the world. By the way, her book Fundamentals of the Classical Dance, published in 1934, remains a standard textbook for the instruction of ballet technique. It was translated into many languages.
Pretty girl was born on July 6, 1879 in St. Petersburg. She was the youngest of three daughters. Her father, Akop Vaganov, served as a non-commissioned officer in Astrakhan, and then moved to the capital. In St. Petersburg, he worked as a chaplain at the Mariinsky Theater.
Since childhood the girl dreamed of dancing. When she was 10 years old, she entered the St. Petersburg Theater School. Thanks to years of hard work, she was one of the best.
In 1897 Agrippina graduated from the Imperial Ballet School and in the same year she joined the Mariinsky corps de ballet.
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Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer

Vlad Sokolovsky, singer and dancer


Vlad Sokolovsky is a Russian singer, songwriter and dancer. You know, he 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.
Vsevolod (his real name) was born on September 24, 1991 in Moscow. His father Andrei Alexandrovich is a popular choreographer, and his mother Irina Vsevolodovna is Honored Artist of Russia, director. The boy has sister Darina Serbina.
Since childhood Vsevolod was engaged in choreography and singing. In 1997 the little boy starred in the episode of the movie Afyory, Muzyka, Lyubov.
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.
By the way, in 2002 and 2004 Sokolovsky took part in a musical circus show Fairy Journey.
Also Vlad played in the musical based on Sergei Mikhalkov’s story Celebration of Disobedience in 2004.
Besides, Vlad regularly performed with the band X-Mission, took part in the filming of their music videos.
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Galina Ulanova, great Russian dancer

Galina Ulanova

Galina Ulanova, great Russian dancer

“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.
Pretty girl was born on January 8, 1910 into a family of renowned Mariinsky Ballet dancer, Sergey Ulanov. You know, 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.
However, the carefree childhood came to an end when Galina was nine years old. The girl entered the Petrograd Choreographic School. Initially she was taught by her mother and then icon of the Russian ballet Agrippina Vaganova became her teacher.
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 and the 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.
Pretty girl was born on September 15, 1916 in Kiev, Russian Empire into a noble family. As a child she was fond of dancing. But she did not think about her hobby as a future profession. You know, she dreamed of becoming an engineer and build bridges.
By the way, the girl became a student of the Bolshoi Choreographic School and appeared on the stage at the age of ten in the role of the little bird in the ballet The Daughter of the Snows (Snow Maiden).
At the age of 18 Lepeshinskaya became famous after the premier of Three Fatmen, based on eponymous fairytale by Yury Olesha. She performed the main role.
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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.

Maksimova is the legend of the Russian ballet and the prima of the Bolshoi Theater. You know, she became famous for virtuosity and aerial grace. The great ballet dancer was called Madame No. She had a strong character and was very confident. But if there was a question of creativity the ballerina replied unchanged: “No, I cannot.” However, there were those who believed in her more. By the way, in 1973 Ekaterina was awarded the title People’s Artist of the USSR and in 1981 she became a Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR.
Pretty girl was born on February 1, 1939 in Moscow. Little Katya did not dream about the stage. The girl wanted to become a conductor or a fireman.
At the age of 10 Ekaterina entered the choreography school. Six months later, the girl appeared on stage. The first episodic roles in the performances Cinderella and The Nutcracker demonstrated that Katya would have a great future. Role of Masha in The Nutcracker brought the young ballerina the first award – the prize of the All-Union Competition of Ballet Dancers.
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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 and model. He is one of the Top 100 most beautiful people of Moscow.
Cute boy was born on May 23, 1977 in Tula.
He has starred in many TV commercials for leading brands, as well as videos of famous artists. You know, he worked with Russian stars including Sophia Rotaru, A-Studio, band Tea for Two, Jasmine, Igor Krutoi, Alena Sviridova, singer Slava.
By the way, he worked as a choreographer in Lena Zosimova’s music video and met stylist Alisher. The 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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