is dancing big in Russia?

I was in the Moscow Ballets great Russian Nutcracker . They came to the US and came to my state to perform with us for 3 days! it was such an amazing experience. But i was wondering, is ballet a really big thing in Russia as everyone says?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Russia, greatly contributed to ballet development and today Russian ballet is renowned the world over. A number of outstanding ballet dancers, ballet companies and performances have come out of Russia and Russian ballet theaters continue to attract large crowds every year.

    Ballet came to Russia during the 1700s when Peter the Great was instituting his Westernization program. In 1734 Russia's very first ballet school was founded. A few years later the St. Petersburg's Imperial School of Ballet introduced the first ballet company in Russia. At first ballet in Russia was dominated by French and Italian choreographers as well as dances. However, during the 1800s Russia truly made ballet its own even incorporating some ideas from local folk dancing. During this time nobles did much to promote the art by sponsoring serf dance companies.

    As the twentieth century rolled in, Russian ballet saw a new era. In 1909 famed Sergey Diaghilev along with Michel Fokine (a choreographer), Alexandre Benois (a designer) and Vaslav Nijinksy (a dancer) established a touring ballet company. By the time of his death in 1929, Ballet Russe dance company was set-up in Paris. Also during this era, exquisite Russian dancer Anna Pavlova was taking the world by storm.

    Soon many other dance companies were formed, referring to themselves as Ballet Russe. The 1920s was marked as a period of ballet innovation. During Stalin's dictatorship traditional forms of ballet were promoted. Some of the ballet performances were even adjusted to include a socialist theme. Mikhail Baryshnikov was amongst the greatest known ballet dancers of the 20th century.

    Today Russian ballet is known through the world and enjoyed by visitors to the country. A number of Russian ballet companies are in operation. Amongst these are the Imperial Russian Ballet, Kremlin Ballet and Perm Ballet Academy. Russia's prominent cities have founded their own ballet theaters: Bolshoi Theater, Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater, etc. and symphony orchestras, attended by large numbers of patrons.

    Source(s): http://www.russia.com/ballet/ Online Russian Lessons and Russian/English translations: http://www.primelanguageservices.com/
  • hihi!
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    popular. we just had the defenders of the motherland day, feb 23. a free concert was offered. a group from izhevsk, our capital, visited our small city. they had very well trained dancers. it was not like american's idea of tutu-wearing balet, but the body control was evident. the boy-soldiers would swing the girl-soldiers thru the air and they would land on the stage silently.

    many students take dancing lessons as a hobby. my son is five, into his second year of dance classes.

    if you get a chance to come to russia, try to visit the bolshoi theatre. even if you don't know the story (i never do) or know russian language (i don't well enough to follow!!) you would still enjoy WATCHING! it is fantastic.

    Source(s): half-life in russia! half in texas
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes, ballet is huge there. I am from Ukraie, which is west of russia and here too many peope go to ballet and operas on the weekends

  • 1 decade ago

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