Now married to the man of my dreams.
Ballet dancer and teacher. And yes I am a man en pointe.
Graduated from ballet school in 2011
Russian living in Australia.
Recovered from anorexia.
Ksenia Zhiganshina, a Vaganova Ballet Academy student, during her exam.
She looks so happy when she dances. I hope she goes far. :)
Anonymous asked: I'm looking at getting into ballet (as an audience member; I did ballet as a kid and early teen, but not continuing), but not entirely sure where to begin. I'm already a big fan of musicals and plays, getting in opera, and I figured I might try getting into ballet too. Yay stage performance! Any advice where to start? How to get introduce to it? What sort of things to look for in performances? Dancers to watch?
Firstly, and I have no idea where you are so my advice will be limited, get yourself a subscription/membership to the ballet companies around you! Or get a subscription/membership to your favourite theater which is used frequently for ballet performances. The reason for this - you get access to the best tickets and even lower ticket prices than non-members. Make sure to research the companies you join - look up their dancers, watch videos of the dancers, see pictures of them and see if these are the types of dancers you’d love to see on stage.
But of course, before that, Youtube is a great source for all things ballet. There really isn’t a way to teach people into liking and not liking certain things in ballet - it’s all a matter of personal taste. Just always keep a look out for 3 things - charisma/passion (can I feel this dancer’s enjoyment? Am I enjoying this performance? Is the dancer making me feel something?), characterisation (is the dancer true to character and is the acting realistic?) and musicality (does the dancer bring something fresh to ballet? Are they in tune with the music? Do they move with such diversity?). Other than that, you’ll develop your own tastes. A few good dancers to start watching (I’ve chosen a variety which I feel are all different from each other):
Natalia Osipova (You’ll also have to watch Ivan Vasiliev and Daniil Simkin)
For someone just starting to get into ballet, good ballets for starting:
Swan Lake is a maybe simply because of its length.
I hope this helped. Also keep your eyes on major companies you may fall in love and do subscribe to newsletters from various companies inside and outside of your country to know who’s touring and where. Also, be aware that ballet is not cheap to watch - it’s like $100+ in Sydney, but getting an Australian Ballet membership and buying ‘season tickets’ (which are 4 tickets to performances of your choice) you save a lot of money!
Subscribing to your favourite theater, or a theater which does host ballet performances, will also tell you which ballet performance will be held and when. Also, research your city and find out about smaller companies which may regularly hold ballet performances to the public.
Hope this helped! xx
Sorry for my massive absence everyone! I’ve had exams for the past month and my partner is FINALLY coming home this Sunday!!!! In other words…THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW! And in other words…ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! OMG, BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!