Helene Sand Andresen, Deputy Director for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, knows exactly when to speak up, exactly what to say, and exactly when to listen. Her rich life experience, conversational tact, and contagious good-humor made Helene a gift to the L&D community and our B2 group of students. After a short two weeks, ...
It is no secret that the world’s best ballet dancers are made at Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. The oldest Russian school of ballet is known for its strict admission criteria and star alumni, including Anna Pavlova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Today, we take a look at three great ballerinas of the 21st century who learned ...
Ballet has its origins in 15th century Italy. Although the art form quickly spread to the rest of Western Europe, it wasn’t introduced to Russia until much later, as part of Peter the Great’s efforts to modernise the country in the 18th century. With the patronage of Empress Anna and, later, Catherine the Great, Russian ...
Every country has its own sports, like how Brazil has football or Austria has skiing. And Russia is no different. This blog is all about the wealth of sport that you can watch as a spectator or even take part in whilst in Russia. Sombo (Самбо) Sombo is a very popular material art which actually has ...
If you are spending a prolonged period in Russia, you may be lucky enough to have friends or family from your native country coming to visit. My mum and sister came to visit me last week, and as with them, it is probably unlikely that a group of visitors will know any Russian or will ...
From Overture to Grand Finale: Tchaikovsky International and Eternal Legacy It doesn’t take a Russophile to know the name Tchaikovsky and be able to enjoy all the way from overture to the grand finale. It doesn’t even take a music genius. Tchaikovsky’s name is known worldwide: his compositions are some of the most recognisable pieces ...
Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov I would like to present you one of the most famous person that was born in Riga. Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov was a dance virtuoso and even known by non-balletomanes. He is a living legend and some people call him the greatest male dancer of the 20th century. Baryshnikov was born on January ...
At the Bolshoi theatre: a place deserving its reputation! The Bolshoi theatre is a world-renowned music hall and one of Moscow’s main landmarks. As a classical music enthusiast and in my current situation, which involves wearing two hats, that of a Russian language student and that of a tourist, I thought that missing Bolshoi would ...
If you want to learn something about Russian history and at the same time enjoy a unique folk program, then you have to see the Russian National Dance Show Kostroma. This dance show is performed by the National Ballet Kostroma and takes place daily from June 15th to September 15th in the concert hall of ...