Tag Archives: Vaganova Academy

The secret of Celisa’s success

September 15, 2010

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The secret of Celisa’s success

Even the clothes are wilting.  The air in the studio is languid and thick with endeavour.  Discarded tutus and dresses longer and thinner than pencils scatter the floor and droop earthwards. But not our star dancer.  Celisa Diuana, a corps de ballet dancer with The Royal Ballet, is trying to hit the photographer’s mark with a […]

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Ballet News Reviews | Swan Lake, Mikhailovsky Ballet

July 23, 2010

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Swan Lake Mikhailovsky Ballet Coliseum, London 22nd July 2010 Swan Lake © Mikhailovsky Theatre Mikhail Messerer, Ballet Master in Chief of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, said during a recent interview that he wanted success with British audiences and to expose the Company internationally. There can be no doubt that he has succeeded on both counts, just […]

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Isabella McGuire Mayes continues to make history

June 30, 2010

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Bob Martin with his pointe shoe last

I first introduced you to the lovely, talented dancer Isabella McGuire Mayes in July 2009, when she had been short-listed in the Great Britons competition run by British Airways. As you probably kow by now, it was thanks to your generosity in voting that Izzy won the competition. After her win, I asked Izzy if she would keep […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes – back to St Petersburg for a new year

September 4, 2009

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exhausted dancer lying on floor after show

We first met Isabella McGuire Mayes in July, when she had been short-listed in the Great Britons competition run by British Airways. Thanks to your generosity in voting, Izzy won the competition. Izzy’s transport costs to and from the school will now be fully met, and becoming a Great Briton has rewarded Izzy in other […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes has won the Great Britons competition

July 27, 2009

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Izzy has won the BA Great Britons competition. I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted because Izzy’s ranking shot up over the weekend and that must have been in no small part due to all of you. Why Izzy was chosen: At just 16, Isabella showed enormous courage in taking herself […]

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Ballet NEWS | Isabella McGuire Mayes

July 22, 2009

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Isabella is a plucky 16 yr old former Royal Ballet School White Lodge ballet student, who was offered a place at the legendary Vaganova Academy in St Petersburg last year. They broke the rules to accept her (the rules state that a foreign student must be aged at least 17 yrs), and Isabella is only […]

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