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  1. He starts as soon as he can organise his work visa- probably late sept. Although he can go there and do class in the meantime (vaganova have sorted him a multiple entry visa to go back and forth to sort out paperwork). Yes have met Tsiska many times and been for dinner with him and a bunch of the other teachers and various ballet dignitaries after the boys exam in April ... also we were invited to the graduation today at St Catherines Palace (I have never seen so much gold leaf in one place honestly makes Buck Palace look like a garden shed) and were so happy to see DS collect his cetificate to a roof raising cheer... and he and the famous 5 were so feted - such a joy to see them all so happy...
  2. Until DS started wearing hand made shoes he swore by grishko split sole canvas. Style 5 I think. Just dance stocks them. Very arch hugging which was why he liked them so much (his arch is enormous)... also extremely hardy - I personally noticed they lasted much longer than any others he has had and the canvas feels significantly thicker. ..
  3. So straight from the horses mouth- next year tsiska is teaching grad boys year 2 (the current year 1) so that he will have them for 2 years before they leave. A few of them have started joining the famous 5 already (apparently the the newbies are absolutely dying and have to sit out some of the combinations- its interesting for the graduating class as it ahows them just how far they have come...) DH and I just had the rare privellige to sit in on Tsiskariszes very last class of the year (elya was also in class). What an experience!
  4. No I don't know whether Tsiska is teaching a class next year. . I know there are lots of calls for him to teach a girls class when we were there but he just smiled enigmatically!! - I can ask DS if he knows. I suspect Tsiska decided to teach a boys class to cement his position as a top teacher and Director - he definitely cherry picked the most promising students and then drove them to a level of perfection never yet seen at the Academy. I don't think they have ever before had a class where every person achieves a grade 5 (in the parallel class which was bigger I think there may have only been one, in the girls classes one or 2 - which is more usual). As I said all 5 boys were offered Mariinsky contracts and 3 offered Bolshoi in addition. The Vaganova is definitely associated with the Mariinsky but (like Royal) I don't *think* it's exclusive- they do have dancers there from other backgrounds don't they? Although whether they get places as entry level graduates I don't know (I get limited info from DS who usually answers my questions with a vague wave of the hand and a 'dunno')
  5. ha ha- well that was DSs estimate from the stage, I guess he underestimated by a bit!!! he posted a pic of rehearsal in which he was flying across the stage in a perfect cabriole - I loved the fact his sister looked over my shoulder and sniffily said 'that's my bl**dy t shirt he's wearing, how dare he keep nicking my clothes'. Good to know someone will be bringing his feet firmly back to the floor after all the glory!!!
  6. Trained at the schools I think rather than dancing with the companies MAB - Vaganova /Kirov associated company would be the Kirov Theatre - now post USSR has now gone back to the old name of Mariinsky Theatre IMO the place a teacher was trained is at least (more?) important than where they danced, as that teaching is what they are passing on to their students, and it doesn't come better than the Vaganova and Bolshoi...
  7. That's nice to hear. DS called me immediately after it had finished- both overjoyed at the fantastic reception (from a packed 1000 seat auditorium) and also really sad that it is his last performance with the Academy. He danced one of the Pierrot's in Fairy Dolls and then the male solo in the Bournonville Conservatoire (with only a 20 min break- his legs nearly fell off). Also in the repertoire were Prokofiev Classical Symphony and Paquita (Egor and Elya leading). There are some beautiful photos on the Acadmey's facebook page (of all the performances, not just the Kremlin one) I particularly like this one of Tsiska touching up DSs makeup I can't recall if I said on another thread but all the boys from his graduating class were offered contracts by Mariinsky, and 3 of them were offered Bolshoi as well.
  8. My daughter put on an inch or 2 between 15 and 18. My sister grew an inch in university. So there is plenty of time for more height growth. I would note that all the ballet dancers DS has associated with have been an average size (not sure about weight as muscle is heavier so if you are a dancer you really shouldn't pay so much attention to how heavy you are, weight isn't a good measure of body fat in athletes). His ex girlfriend (who is now a professional dancer with a really top European company and an exceptionally talented dancer) was 5' 6" and wore the same dress size as me (12). His current (Russian) dancer friends are a range of sizes and heights and the 2 top girls the graduating year (one has a contract with the Bolshoi and one with the Mariinsky) are NOT noticeably super lean. At 14 it is important to eat normally and not worry so much. I appreciate you say you don't have any mental health problems but it is surprisingly easy to spiral into a poor relationship with food that can dog you for the rest of your life- and that can happen to perfectly normal girls with no underlying problems. From what you say you do sound a bit too overcontrolled at the moment. So don't let your worries get any worse....
  9. So after quite a while I am able to confirm that DS will be taking up a contract with the Bolshoi Theatre. It was a tough decision (he did get a formal offer from Mariinsky and his best friend is staying at Mariinsky). The logistics and paperwork are prodigious and complex which is why we have put off announcing until now - as he has only just had a meeting with the managing director of the theatre to confirm the paperwork/insurances/medical exam etc required for his work permit etc. Happily he will be going with 2 friends from Vagaova (Elya, which I can post as I believe from another thread she has officially confirmed this) and one of the other boys who I won't name in case it isn't 'out there'. He is finally starting to believe its really happening and getting quite excited. Even better he can come back to the UK whilst the paperwork is being processed so we may have a whole summer with him home Thought I should post as so many people asked to know.....x
  10. I would say that DS was similar to Lucinda's DD partly because he didn't really do ballet at a particularly advanced level until 14 - so up to 14 probably did swimming more than anything (although also at various times did tae kwondo, fencing, cycling to get about, diving and a bit of gym- his ballet was never more than 3-4 hours a week and he didn't do any other kind of dance). The sport he has mainly kept up with is swimming - he's never really lived anywhere where running was a realistic option and anyway has rather (special snowflake alert) delicate feet which are prone to injury... He was delighted to track down a swimming pool soon after arriving in St Petersburg (even having to endure being randomly made to join a swim team's training session by the Russian coach didn't deter him!) and now swims once or twice a week when he has time (often he is in rehearsal from lunchtime until 8 or 9pm so doesn't honestly get that much free time in the week...). I have fairly consistently nagged him about cross training after reading various articles about dancer stamina and injury rates (probably posted by Dr Dance tbh!), It would be useful to follow on this finding with research about which kinds of sport are compatible. I have often heard for example that gymnastics and ballet require such different technique and musculature that after a certain point it's 'one or the other'. It is easy when you hear this kind of thing to end up worrying that your DC shouldn't be doing sports because they may be detrimental- perhaps this is behind a lot of kids giving up sport unnecessarily. Plus- and I commend your daughter's diligence and tenacity Lucinda- but many kids would find it prohibitively hard to do more than one thing (if doing it at elite level) because of the time required...
  11. It's an interesting issue the whole social media thing isn't it? DS has always stoutly resisted any pressure to promote himself (DSs father, being in the media, always seems to think DS should be more visible!). When I discussed it with him DS was very much of the opinion that it was foolish to be hyping yourself at a young age as then you would have a massive expectation to live up to. He considers that it won't really improve your professional chances and would be highly embarrassing if you didn't live up to the hype. Also this would put additional pressure on your own self esteem eg if everyone else was saying they thought you would be a principal in 5 sec flat then you would feel a failure 'just' to be in the corps.... As DS said, time enough to promote yourself when your dancing is genuinely brilliant, not when it is only 'has the potential to become brilliant.', since potential and outcome (as we all know) are 2 very different animals!
  12. my DS attended Prague Masterclass last year. He stayed with DH (who had an apartment there as he was making a film in Prague) so I can't comment on the accommodation but in general the logistics and organisation of the course were exemplary. I don't think his opinion of the masterclasses should be taken as relevant as he wasn't really in the correct headspace for it (he had applied when at a very different place career wise)- which is not to say he thought the teaching was bad, just that he didn't attend all the classes and wasn't very engaged with it (he was far more keen to be mucking around on the Roman army camp film set!!).
  13. well if he's still dancing when he hits teenage growth then expect your fridge and bread bin to empty on a daily basis (normal teenage boys are bad enough, a teenage dancer boy is a one person plague of locusts).
  14. my DS wears padded thong type. since around age 12 from my memory. never worn the integral one- gave up wearing leotards in favour of t shirts/tops at around 14. The huge advantage is that you can get 100% slim fit cotton t shirts at a fraction of the cost of a leotard so it doesn't matter so much when they get lost or turn grey... only the dance belt bit is the specialist bit....
  15. Many thanks lovely people for all your kind words. Will of course let you know the outcome once confirmed. In answer to ballet4boyz I have posted a lot but all over the place I guess, but a potted history is: DS started ballet around 10 recreationally, Did one half hour class a week until 12, then when we moved to Sussex found the incomparably wonderful Judy Breen and discovered Vaganova which was life changing... increased to 2-3 classes a week (some at the London Russian ballet school, some associate classes at Legat in Sussex) decided he wanted to pursue as a career so applied to a bunch of top international SIs, was accepted by all and offered scholarship to Kirov in Washington which he attended and was then offered 100% scholarship to the vocational program. So trained there age 14-18, (most influential teacher the lovely Nikolai Kabaniaev). At 18 went to Dutch National Academy to do some extra training before applying to Dutch National Ballet but had a terrible time (there is a whole thread on this!!!) and had to leave after 5 weeks. Came within a whisker of giving up ballet but invited to audition at Vaganova in St Petersburg after one of his ex teachers at Kirov phoned Nikolai Tsiskaridze about him. Persuaded to go and try out and was accepted after only 2 min of class (!). Joined Feb 2016 did one year with Alexey Ilyin and then was advised to do a final year- Tsiskaridze decided to teach the graduate year men's class in which DS was included, and has clearly done a bang up job as all the boys have been offered either Bolshoi or Mariinsky (and several have multiple offers). Oh and by the way DS got turned down for RBS associates classes twice (age 10 and age 13). And he competed in Prix De Lausanne but didn't do so well (wasn't happy with the classical piece he was advised to do and rather gave up half way through) although he did receive 13 offers from different ballet schools and companies (which is why he ended up going to Amsterdam). Through all of this we have consistently been told he was something special, but he struggled with being a late starter, a year of injury (he had a chronic hip problem aged 15 and lost the best part of a year of training until a new teacher identified the cause as skewed posture), a brutal run in with the director of the Dutch NBA which was close to being career ending and a very brave move to Russia at a quite low time in his life. All credit goes to the Vaganova and the warm, lovely cohort of Russian boys who welcomed him as a brother, Nikolai's astounding teaching and mentorship and his loving and caring teachers past and present - all of whom he stays in touch with (especially Judy who has been a real source of support for the whole family). And all credit as far as my mental state is concerned goes to this fabulous forum and everyone who takes the time to listen, respond and bestow sympathy, encouragement and virtual hugs. Thank you all dear friends.