Ballet dancers aim for glory at Moscow competition

Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:17pm EDT
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By James Kilner

MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) - One of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions opened in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater on Thursday, with dancers hoping to pirouette their way to fame.

Held every four years since 1969, this is the 11th international Moscow ballet competition and about 120 of the top aspiring ballet dancers from across the world are in competition for the gold medals.

Andrey Pisarev, 23, who dances at Ukraine's national ballet had finished practicing his moves in a rehearsal room.

"For me, this is the biggest and most important ballet competition in the world," he said.

"It's like the World Cup of ballet."

His father, Vadim Pisarev, won the competition in 1985.

"He became famous around the world after that win," Pisarev said.

On Thursday, dancers as young as 14 glided and jumped across the stage of the Bolshoi's second theater -- the New Stage -- where the competition was being judged.   Continued...

<p>Dancers perform in New York July 27, 2007. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>