Lovely ladies: a screen shot from "The Guardian"'s first peek at Bolshoi company class.
What's the only thing better than seeing gorgeous professional ballet dancers onstage? Watching them in their daily class, where we can observe them working through their flaws, just as we do in our own ballet classes. (Well, admittedly, their flaws are a bit less obvious than ours.)
The Bolshoi Ballet is on tour in London right now, and last week British paper The Telegraph got a little peek at the troupe's ballet class. But tomorrow morning, they're giving us the whole shebang: livestreamed video of a complete Bolshoi company class, in all its sweaty, intimate, beautiful glory.
The bad news? The class is at 11 am London time, which means East Coasters will have to get up at 6 am to catch the feed. But really, could there be a better reason to drag yourself out of bed? (And if you're a West Coaster who can't quite stomach the idea of getting up at 3 am, never fear: A version of the stream will be available to watch on The Telegraph's site until August 26.)
Unsurprisingly, pretty impressive!
Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet is currently on tour in London, and Britain's Telegraph was able to get some great video footage of the company's ladies in their morning class at the Royal Opera House. The paper had a special tour guide, too: principal dancer Ekaterina Krysanova, one of the ballerinas tackling the role of Odette/Odile in the company's sold-out London performances of Swan Lake. In fact, Krysanova will be showing off her swan arms and fouettés tonight.
Yes, we take ballet classes all the time, but I will never get tired of watching artists at the top of their game get put through their paces in class. Especially dancers schooled in scrupulously classical Russian technique. (Coming out of an attitude turn without a plié?? That is intense.)
Take a look!