This dynamic young ballet troupe is made up of professional dancers most of whom trained in Russia at the Bolshoi and Kirov Academies.
The political and economic changes in Eastern Europe and the dissolution of the Soviet Union caused severe problems. Artistes who had been employed by the state lost their incomes and the outlook was bleak.
In 1998 a group of dancers arrived in Britain seeking better opportunities. The company began its life in Bristol under the leadership of Mikhail Vorona, a former lead dancer himself, but rapidly having to learn new skills as a company director.
In September 1999, thanks to the vision and generosity of the City & County of Swansea, the company took up residence in the magnificent Grand Theatre, Swansea.
Ballet Russe takes ballet to a broad cross-section of venues ranging from theatres and school halls to outdoor stages. They expertly adapt their dances to the space available, performing in places where an audience would not normally have the opportunity to see Classical Ballet of this calibre.
The company is able to put on full-length performances of 'Giselle', 'Nutcracker' 'Coppelia', La Fille Mal Gardée and Swan Lake incorporating talented young dancers from local ballet schools when required. Gala performances are also given including extracts from classical ballet such as Swan Lake, Bayadere, Carnival of Venice, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and many others. Cinderella will shortly be added to the repertoire.
The company is playing a major role in the resurgence of interest in classical ballet throughout Britain and also in Europe where their tours have been enthusiastically appreciated.