Goodbye to Helene Sand Andresen, Norwegian Diplomat

Award Ceremony

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,… Continue reading

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Made in St. Petersburg: The greatest ballerinas of our time

ballerinas from st.petersburg

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… Continue reading

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There’s an International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg!

ballet dancer next to caption reading 'Russian ballet in Saint Petersburg'

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… Continue reading

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Typical sports in Russia

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… Continue reading

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Playing Tour Guide

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… Continue reading

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From Overture to Grand Finale: Tchaikovsky International and Eternal Legacy

Grand finale

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… Continue reading

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Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov

Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov

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… Continue reading

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At the Bolshoi theatre: a place deserving its reputation!

Bolshoi theatre

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… Continue reading

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