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The Crew
Guest Contributors
August 26, 2009


We are five 10 year-old boys. We have known each other since preschool. Our parents call us “the Crew.” Boys and Ballet is our blog. You can read more about us here.


One of our favorite channels on YouTube is  ilyaballet.

Ilya is better known as Ilya Kuznetsov. He attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy from 1984-1992. After graduating, he was a soloist for the Bolshoi Theatre (’92-’94) and the Moscow Classical Ballet (’94-’95).  In 1996 he was a finalist in the Nuriev Ballet Competition and the International Ballet Competition. Mr. Kuznetsov  was a principal soloist for the Imperial Russian Ballet (’95-’98) and the San Diego Ballet (’98-’02). He has been a classical ballet teacher at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy since 2002.

Mr. Kuznetsov has uploaded videos of student from Vaganova and a large number of shorts of current and former Russian dancers and teachers.

The Vaganova Ballet Academy videos are well worth watching. The boys demonstrate each level of the Vaganova syllabus through grade five (Grade 4 is currently unavailable. Perhaps Mr. Kuznetsov will upload it later).


Playlist (8 videos): Vaganova Ballet Academy Boys’ 1st grade Academy of Russian Ballet Exams (10-11 year olds)


Playlist (5 Videos):Vaganova Ballet Academy Boys’ 2nd grade Academy of Russian Ballet Exams (11-12 year olds)


Playlist (8 videos): Vaganova Ballet Academy Boys’ 3rd grade Academy of Russian Ballet exams (12-13 year olds)



 Playlist (17 videos): Vaganova Ballet Academy Boys’ 5th grade  (14-15 year olds) 


One Comment

    • Jennifer
    • Posted June 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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    wow these boys are amazing! i wish that they had something like that in the USA (and affortable!) lolz

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