From Toe Shoes & Tutus to a Tutor's Life
By Raymond Stults for The Moscow Times
Behind every performance at the Bolshoi Theater lie many hours of hard and unglamorous work in the warren of rehearsal rooms located behind and above its stage and auditorium. For soloists of the ballet, a critical part of that work takes place under the supervision of the Bolshoi's coaching staff, which numbers among its members some of the theater's most distinguished former dancers.
Those whose memories of ballet at the Bolshoi stretch back to late Soviet times are unlikely to have forgotten Lyudmila Semenyaka, one the theater's most versatile and most popular ballerinas of the 1970s and '80s. Two years ago, Semenyaka returned to the theater as a coach, to share her vast experience on the ballet stage with a younger generation of Bolshoi ballerinas and ballerinas-to-be. click for more