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Since my last blog life at the academy has been hectic but it has also been amazing! Classes have been very busy and exhausting and at the moment I am struggling to get any feeling back into my legs! I keep asking myself if they still attached to my body as the pain going through them every night is so intense and even if I could have them amputated I am sure it would not release any of the agony that I feel right now within them. This is mainly due to the intense work load that we have between rehearsing for exams and also extra work for other teachers. Anyway, enough complaining!

We have been working very hard every day for the past couple of weeks with a student teacher called Alissa. We were lucky enough to be chosen to take part in her exam class which will determine whether she will receive the teaching degree she had been working towards for the past 4 years. As you can imagine this has put a lot of stress on our shoulders as this exam will determine this student’s future as a teacher, and when you’re dancing on behalf of someone else a little slip or mistake could ruin all the hard work they have put in throughout their time of studying. The actual exam on the day was a jumping one, which Natalie and I were both delighted with as that is our key strength in class, however we had never been asked to do this many jumping exercises in one class before and it was very strenuous on our body. In the complete exercise there were a total of over 25 jumping exercises. I am pleased to inform you that although the exam wasn’t without minor blips we all managed to perform to our highest standard and were able to take a giant breath of relief when the teacher received top marks! We were later told by the commission that our class was one of the best they had seen in the school this year and they were very impressed! This is a huge compliment from such high-esteemed people at our college because due to being an international course and not Russian, being given such positive comments from elite Russian professionals was and felt amazing! While we were all ready for a mini celebration, the moment was then quickly taken from us with Natalia Igorovna (our ballet teacher) quickly calming us down with her comment ” Yes… you all performed well, but I want more. I have seen you can all do it so I expect your summer exam to be ten times better !” This sentence brought us all back to earth with a bump… this fine lady honestly puts shivers down my spine as I know how important exams are to her and the Academy and also to myself, but I am now ready to do my utmost to make Revich proud in May and hopefully we will have the same results the student teacher received! Keep your fingers crossed that I can do as well in May!

Also this past week as well as the teaching exam we have been working very closely with a Russian choreographer who is creating an Oriental Contemporary piece that will involve 2 girls and 2 boys. He has been rehearsing with 5 girls at the point in time, however this upcoming week he will decide who will be dancing the piece and who will be the reserves in case one of the chosen girls unfortunately falls ill or in a worst case scenario injures herself. I am very lucky to be chosen to rehearse with my fellow Brit Miss Natalie Carter and we are dancing our little legs off and I have to admit it feels amazing to be part of another type of dance and to focus less on my turn out and get my teeth really into another style of dance. The weight placement and energy put into contemporary is a lot different to ballet and it works a completely different set of muscles within my body… hence another contributing factor for the constant pain that I have running through my body this week. I am really enjoying rehearsing the piece and it would be lovely if Natalie and I were chosen to audition the piece for the “Practical Concert” which will take place on the 7th of March. All we can do is work to our highest level and be ourselves and if we are lucky enough to be chosen then I will be over the moon, but I will not be down-hearted if we do not get the opportunity to perform at the show as the experience in its self has been so rewarding and I have loved every minute of it!

On a less happy note a giant list of academic exams was put up in the academy this week which need to be completed by May, and my heart sunk a little as the length of the list under my name was so long! I thought I had been progressing rather sufficiently with my exams however it seems I have a long way to go and my head has been stuck in A4 texts of Russian text varying from Musical literature to History of Theatre all week. This is something that I can’t wriggle my way out of so it looks like the everlasting headache will stay until that final exam is crossed off. Nothing I can’t handle I am sure, I can only do my best (so my mum keeps telling me).

I had a little emotional break down at the beginning of this week (and no it wasn’t because my usual 10 Valentine’s cards got lost in the post via Scotland to Russia!) It was my mummy’s birthday on the 15th of February and last year due to being here, I missed it and I thought I would cope better missing it again this year… but unfortunately I found it really hard to be absent from her celebrations again. I managed to send her a little birthday card and a bouquet of flowers but it doesn’t have the same feeling as actually being with one you love on silly events such as birthdays. My internet and phone never seem to work to well here and fortunately Natalie put money on her skype account and it allowed me to call my mum to wish her a Happy Birthday. I have to say hearing her voice probably made the day worse as I could hear the tears building up in her voice as she was talking and eventually we both just burst into tears. In case you haven’t already guessed, my mother and I aren’t afraid of a wee emotional moment and it did help to lighten the moment… eventually… as we both also started laughing at each other. I really miss my mummy lots and I promise when I am home at the end of the exams we will go out and have a proper girly day with dinner and a glass of wine and chilli sensations crisps with dip yum yum (we know how to enjoy ourselves). Love you mummy and once again Happy Birthday and not long till I see you ❤ xxxxx

Thanks for your interest in my time at the Bolshi Ballet Academy. I will keep you all updated on how the final rehearsal for the contemporary piece goes and if Natalie and I get chosen to perform it in March – and of course about all of the other things the Academy likes to throw at me. They like to keep my on my toes (pardon the pun!) ha ha. Until then bloggers!

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I am pleased to inform you all that the performance in the school was possibly one of the most exciting moments of my life! From the moment the curtain was drawn the mix of emotions running back stage was insane as you could truly feel everyone’s adrenaline pumping. It was amazing for me to finally see all the other children on stage doing what they love and I felt so inspired by this years graduating students as some of them are simply out of this world and gave me a real boost of confidence to work towards becoming as strong technically.

From our tiaras down to our pointe shoes everything had to be perfect before we stepped foot on stage and of course our tutus were beautiful. From the moment we were in costume I began to feel like a proper ballerina and this feeling was the most satisfying of all!

Although the variation was not as clean as it had previously been in rehearsals I was still so proud of myself and Natalie as this was our first performance with the Bolshoi and we truly gave it our all. It was such a rush to be on stage dancing in front of an audience once again and being in that kind of environment, having people there preparing to watch you dance is a feeling that words cannot describe.

Here is a link to Natalie and myself performing our variation so you can all have a look.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6Hto4OSV9E

Dragging yourself out of bed every morning, class, rehearsals, pain, homesickness, tears and so much more is all made worth it when your walk out on stage and that rush of sheer love and affection for your chosen career path fills your body. Having a career that you’re proud to be doing every day makes me realise how lucky Natalie, Daniel and myself truly are and how many opportunities we may possibly be awarded with within our next 2 and a half years if we keep working to our absolute hardest everyday and proving why we should be here.

The performance which was meant to last for 2 hours ran for a grand total of 4 and it’s safe to say i felt like curling up into a little ball and not moving for the next few days. However, I was over the moon to be told very last minute that we had a 3 day holiday for Russia’s “International Woman’s Day”. So after the performance it was straight to ram store for taxi money, pack my holdall, shower and travel to the airport alone at 2am. I was a little anxious to be traveling all the way from Moscow on my own as i would have to rely on my broken Russian if anything were to go wrong but I managed it fine and landed in “sunny” Scotland on Saturday morning.

Being home was exactly what I needed and I had so much fun with my friends and family. Just sitting down with my friends from Dance School of Scotland and talking for hours felt great and it turns out i had missed quite a lot of gossip in 9 weeks ha ha. Family time was also treasured as I really do miss everyone back home so much when I am gone. However, I do know that they are always there if I need a wee chat and when skype decides to work they even have to put up with seeing my face… what a shame!

Today I am on my way back to Russia for the 3 month stretch before summer which I am sure will go very quickly as it will be filled with exam preparation! The Russian exams are more like a mini production than an exam but none the less they are of course judged very harshly and your dancing is closely scrutinised. Although right now I am feeling relatively calm, I can be sure you will be able to sense some nerves in my up and coming blogs!

I look forward to informing you all soon how everything is going.

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