Local ballet dancers plie through St. Petersburg, Russia
May 22, 2009 · Updated 3:06 PM
Local dancers, Claire Dollard and Elizabeth Kolb of Bellevue and Zoe Phillips of Clyde Hill, recently visited St. Petersburg, Russia as part of a study and cultural tour hosted by the International School of Classical Ballet, where they are students.
The dancers took classes at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and attended a performance at The Mariinsky Theatre. The Mariinsky is one of the world’s leading ballet companies and where Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker made its debut in 1892. The students also enjoyed touring St. Petersburg and experiencing the grandeur of the Russian Imperial Court and Russian cuisine.
The young dancers were part of a group of 13 students who study classical ballet as part of the International Ballet Theatre’s (IBT) professional development program. IBT is based in Kirkland
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