36th WORLD DANCE CONGRESS ON DANCE RESEARCH CID UNESCO, SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, 2013
My first solo dance travel accompanied by Puan Ramlah Amir from the National Department of Arts & Culture Malaysia was nothing but fantastic. The Russian people are warm, kind and absolutely curious and fascinated by other cultures, countries and nationalities. Even the taxi driver kept asking me about Malaysia in the most positive sense unlike what the American movies show them to be.
This incredible dance exchange was valuable being at the Boris Eifman Dance Academy and seeing the man himself from afar and watching the Ballet classes and training that goes into producing the top ballerinas in the world was truly a blessing. Then we got 2 surprises on top of visiting the famous Winter Palace and many other landmarks. The first was to the Mariinsky Theatre to watch a Ballet and then the icing on the cake was when Aelita Kondrovota managed to get us in to the Voganova Dance Academy! I watched a class and visited the entire school and the dance museum which has inspired me to do the same for Malaysia in time to come. There is no doubt that the Russian ballet, ballerinas and their technique is exceptional.
30th October – 3 November 2013
President Aelita Kondrovota
Boris Eifman Dance Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia