The State Ballet Academy has its home in the city of Minsk. Minsk with its two million inhabitants is the capital of the country of lakes – Belarus. It is a place where folk choreography has always been cherished and the stylistic forms of classical dance have constantly been developed.
This acclaimed dance academy’s history started in 1928. The academy gathered experience and developed methods that can keep up with the exemplary achievements of the professional ballet schools worldwide. The teaching curriculum of the State Ballet Academy of Minsk in the special subjects corresponds to the curricula of the Moscow Ballet Academy and A.J. Vaganova Academy of Saint Petersburg. The acquired specialist knowledge serves one main objective: the education of the ballet artist’s radiant creative personality. Excellent pedagogues, masters of the great art, work at the school with great enthusiasm. Many of them are graduates of the Saint Petersburg school and soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre. Only recently this academy has created a shinning star in the world of ballet, his name is Ivan Vasiliev.
The Minsk academy’s high teaching level attracts students from many countries of the world. Its graduates perform on the best stages of Russia. They dance in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and other centres of modern ballet. The academy’s dancers constantly strive for creative perfection and the highest professional standards. They are members of a marvellous company with excellent actors. Many students have won prizes and diplomas in famous international ballet competitions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Varna, Luxemburg or Helsinki.
‘The Nutcracker’ has been one of the most popular and famous ballets of the international repertoire since its premiere in 1892. For generations of theatre-goers, Peter Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has been an integral part of the run-up to Christmas. As though the falling of snow flakes and the smell of Christmas spices could be turned into music and dance…