Graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy have no problems with employment, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, acting rector of the academy, said in an interview with Interfax.
Tsiskaridze also said graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy often prefer to work in small troupes, but in prima positions.
"Future graduates often go to much smaller troupes because they are offered this special position right away and they agree. I was invited to a lot of places, but there was only one theater for me, the Bolshoi Theater, where I had dreamed of dancing since I was a child. Some people told me I would work in the corps de ballet in the Bolshoi Theater. I told them I didn't care, because it would still be the Bolshoi Theater," Tsiskaridze said.
Tsiskaridze said graduates are free to choose their employers because the system of graduates' distribution is long gone. "We have no law that says graduates have to go somewhere. We have freedom of choice, and our ancestors fought for it a lot," he said.
Tsiskaridze also said a diploma of the Vaganova Ballet Academy should be armor for an artist's career. "I would really like it to be more than just a nice piece of paper with a nice abbreviation. I would like it to be armor, armor for one's career. This paper received here in St. Petersburg should be higher in status than anything else. I always said there are only three [ballet] schools in the world. If you want to be a real ballet artist, you should train in Paris, St. Petersburg, or Moscow. That's it. These are the three main centers of ballet culture," he said.
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