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Daily News,
September 14, 2007

RUSSIAN BALLET DANCE THRILLS AUDIENCE

President Festus Mogae, Russia's Ambassador, and Justice, Defence and Security Minister, Mr Phandu Skelemani were among scores of people who attended the Crown of the Ballet Moscow Dance at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on Tuesday night.

Founded in 1997, the Crown of the Ballet Moscow Dance performs classical masterpieces and modern dance. The theatre is staged by Anatoly Emelyanov, and has become one of the best ballet groups in Moscow.

The theatre troupe performed classical ballets, including Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Emelyanov, who is the chief choreographer and stage manager, expresses the finest elements in dancing and arranges the choreographic versions of the ballet. He is also a principal dancer in most of the performances.

The other interesting actress in the ballet is Anna Alexidze who has become Emelyanov's associate.

The ballet left the spectators mesmerized with their superb dancing routines.

The ballet troupes of the theatre are graduates of leading choreographic schools of Russia such as Vaganovskoe, Permskoe and Moskovskoe. Anna Alexidze and Emelyanov, who has been awarded the Dyagilev's Order for his contribution to Russian culture, manage the troupe. The ballet group has performed in a number of countries including the USA, Germany, Vietnam, Canada and Sri Lanka.

In Africa, the Crown of the Ballet Moscow Dance has shown the complete ballet performance of The Sleeping Beauty in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.