(Alexandra Guryanova’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 4/29.)
Ballet and 'body-ballet'
Classical ballet is one of Russia's most famous international brands. Ballet has always been popular in the country and that remains true to this day, despite enrolling in a school being quite difficult, not to mention expensive.
It is important to specify that classical ballet is a lot like professional sports – to achieve excellence, one has to start at a very early age. For this reason, most of the schools only accept preschoolers (or, in rarer cases, children under the age of nine).