Bolshoi Ballet Academy
FLORENCE, Italy: June 29—July 10
URBINO, Italy: July 13—July 17
LUGANO, Switzerland: July 20—July 24
MOSCOW, Russia: July 27—August 28
In the Summer 2018, a scholarship student, Jeannie Mok went to Moscow for two weeks. Here is her testimony on the experience.
«To begin I’d like to say Большой Спасибо—a big thank you— to the HKBG for granting me this scholarship to the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet School (Also known as the Moscow State Academy of Choreography) in Moscow, Russia. It’s been an incredible two weeks filled with precious moments. Being coached by Bolshoi Ballet teachers, living inside the centennial academy, and tours around Moscow would be just be a few to name.
The course included: a typical classical class, repertoire class, character, and gymnastics. In classical class, we worked on erasing minor bad habits, and learning Russian technique. Repertoire was especially fun, because we started a new piece every other day. In the second week, a former Bolshoi Ballet company dancer taught our variations class. She indeed helped us to enhance our artistic skills. Gymnastics class pushed my physical limits and increased my range of movements. Character was special because the legendary teacher— Nina Tolstaya (89), taught our class. We’re very fortunate to have her as she is one of the highest esteemed character teachers in the world».