Unveiling the Legacy:

A celebration of ballet at the Russian House in Colombo

by jagath
March 31, 2024 1:00 am 0 comment 62 views

In the realm of cultural treasures housed within the Russian House in Colombo, the art of ballet shines as a beacon of tradition and excellence. Steeped in rich history, the Russian School of Ballet and dancing stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of this cherished art form.

Over two decades ago, under the leadership of Mikhail Usinov, then Director of The Russian Centre, and Mr. Buddhapriya Ramanayaka, Chief Executive Officer, the Ballet School took its inaugural steps. Guided by the expertise of Mrs. Galina Pleashakova, the founding Instructor, and conceptualized by Mrs. Chandi Aluvihare, Cultural Officer of The Russian House, the school embarked on its journey with just four eager young students yearning to master the delicate artistry of ballet.

Today, the ballet studio resonates with the harmonious rhythm of over a few hundred students, all under the tutelage of 12 esteemed senior, junior, and assistant teachers. Each step, each pirouette, is a testament to the dedication and passion instilled by these mentors, shaping not just dancers, but ambassadors of culture and grace.

March 20, 2024, marks another milestone in this illustrious journey as the doors to Ballet Studio 3 swing open, heralding a new chapter of excellence. This momentous occasion was further adorned by the dedication of the studio to two luminaries of the ballet world: Dr. Oxana Karnovich, ballet examiner, and Mrs. Oxana Iseava, whose transformative workshop in August 2023 left an indelible mark on all who attended.

Amidst the grandeur of this unveiling, the air is electrified with the culmination of another extraordinary event — the Certificate Award Ceremony of the High Scores of the Russian Classical Ballet Examination 2023.

Here, 12 individuals, adorned with the highest accolades, step into the spotlight, their achievements a testament to the unwavering commitment to excellence.

The ceremony was graced by presence of Levan Dzhagaryan, Russian Ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives, and Madam Maria L Popova, First Secretary of The Embassy of The Russian Federation and Head of Russian House in Colombo. Their presence underscores the significance of this celebration, a testament to the enduring bond between nations forged through the universal language of art.

Among the throng of teachers, high scorers, parents, and well-wishers, a sense of pride and camaraderie pervades the atmosphere. As certificates are bestowed and gifts exchanged, each moment becomes a tableau of shared triumphs and collective aspirations.

In this hallowed space where the echoes of history intertwine with the cadence of the present, the Russian School of Ballet stands as a beacon of cultural heritage and artistic excellence — a testament to the transformative power of dance and the enduring spirit of camaraderie that binds us all.

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