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#1 canbelto

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 05:50 PM

I can't believe no one found this, but it's been all over the figure skating boards, where Alexei Yagudin is a huge idol. But ...
Yagudin and Somova marry

Yagudin was one of my favorite skaters, and I wish the couple a happy life together!

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:10 PM

I can't believe no one found this, but it's been all over the figure skating boards, where Alexei Yagudin is a huge idol. But ...
Yagudin and Somova marry

Yagudin was one of my favorite skaters, and I wish the couple a happy life together!

Perhaps, as in America, the reporter is not the headline writer. The article concludes with

Aleksey says that he will propose to Alina as soon as he feels the desire to tie the knot.



#3 Helene

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:18 PM

After several interviews in which Yagudin identified his serious girlfriend as Somova, the Russian press has gone wild with the story, and I suspect this won't be the first article that tries to generate a bit of an uproar with a forceful title wrapped around a recap of events to date.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 01:03 AM

I fervently hope a retirement into happy domesticity awaits her. :beg:

#5 canbelto

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:50 AM

This is not the first Russian dancer/skater pairing. Igor Zelensky used to date Katia Gordeeva. I know this because I read quite a few interviews that were posted on the boards in which he talked about Gordeeva. At the time he was dancing with the NYCB.

#6 Helene

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 08:00 AM

A pairing of this stature is likely to be tabloid fodder for months to come. Sadly for the newspaper business, Olympic gold medallist Evgeni Plushenko fell in love young, married his non-newsworthy love, and is about to become a father any day now. The things he doesn't do to stimulate the economy :beg:

#7 canbelto

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 09:08 AM

Well, Helene, every country needs its own "Brangelina." :beg:
But Katia Gordeeva's father was a ballet dancer too. He was trained at the Bolshoi academy, and was quite disappointed that his daughter chose skating over ballet. So now we know where she got her grace.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 11:47 AM

I fervently hope a retirement into happy domesticity awaits her. :beg:



I'll co-sign that Mashinka! :flowers: :flowers:

#9 Natalia

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 10:07 AM


I fervently hope a retirement into happy domesticity awaits her. :beg:



I'll co-sign that Mashinka! :speechless-smiley-003: :D


Make that three. Oh, would we only be so fortunate! :devil:

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 10:38 AM

Why is Alina Somova so hated? She is not such a bad ballerina, and anyway she is still quite young. Give her a chance and she could become a better ballerina :flowers: .

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 10:46 AM

Katia Gordeeva is now married to Ilia Kulik, who although was a skating champion, could perhaps be considered a ballet dancer...Center Stage? No? Ok, nevermind. :flowers:

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 11:47 AM

I feel stupid for posting so quickly on this topic.
According to this interview, the Somova/Yagudin relationship has ended.

#13 Cygnet

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 12:29 PM

Why is Alina Somova so hated? She is not such a bad ballerina, and anyway she is still quite young. Give her a chance and she could become a better ballerina :P .


She's been a professional since 2003. Yes, she graduated Vaganova Academy. I've seen her Corsaire ppd, and her Paquita (variation #1) as well as other roles. For me, the main problem I have with her is that her style and technique of execution is an aberration and deviation from the established and familiar Vaganova style. The foundation of the Maryinsky's repertory is Petipa. Her 'in your face' execution of the steps, and lack of characterization of the old warhorse roles, do not conform to the grace, precision and delicacy that is the basis of Petipa's choreography. For example, she constantly whacks the side of ear when she performs developpes. Her sense timing is erratic and un-musical. I think that she would do very well if coached intensely in Forsythe or some Balanchine, but Petipa is not for her, particularly Odette/Odile and the academicism of Aurora. Basically, Somova is an acquired taste. You either like her, or you don't.

Now, to be fair, and giving her the benefit of the doubt, how she is coached is not her fault. Madame Olga Tchyentchikova (Vazieva) is her coach and benefactor. It's her primary responsibility to correct her pupil. According to reports, on site in St. P and wherever she has appeared abroad, there has been no change in her interpretations, nor has she improved upon them. Yes she is young, and there is still time for her to do a U-turn on the road she's on, but personally, I wouldn't recommend her, nor would I pay to see her again.

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 12:51 PM

Basically, Somova is an acquired taste. You either like her, or you don't.

Now, to be fair, and giving her the benefit of the doubt, how she is coached is not her fault. Madame Olga Tchyentchikova (Vazieva) is her coach and benefactor. It's her primary responsibility to correct her pupil. According to reports, on site in St. P and wherever she has appeared abroad, there has been no change in her interpretations, nor has she improved upon them. Yes she is young, and there is still time for her to do a U-turn on the road she's on, but personally, I wouldn't recommend her, nor would I pay to see her again.

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I suspect that the Kirov/Mariinsky has been pushing Somova as the "new" or "replacement" Zakharova. Therefore, they have been allowing her to show off her extreme extensions and flamboyance to show the world that they've got more where Zakharova came from. Zakharova (whom I like in the right roles) is a controversial artist and has her detractors as well. Zakharova is a genuine star, like her or not, and is very much her own creation.

If Somova was developed to be a little more herself and less like Zakharova, she might shine or demonstrate better the tradition which she was trained in.

#15 Helene

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 02:42 PM

Madame Olga Tchyentchikova (Vazieva) is her coach and benefactor.

Just as a note, US ballet fans who, because of geography, haven't had a chance to follow the Mariinsky closely, may have seen her Odette/Odile in the PBS Wolf Trap broadcast of a live performance of Swan Lake during the 1986 Kirov tour. Her name is usually transliterated as "Chenchikova" in the US press.

About Ms. Tchyentchikova/Chenchikova, Anna Kisselgoff wrote,

Olga Chenchikova remains a dazzling, straightforward dancer with a refreshing neo-classic style. A tendency to hunch her shoulders detracts from her line, but her no-nonsense technique lets the dancing speak for itself. (She and Mr. Zaklinsky lead the excellent performance of ''Swan Lake,'' to be televised July 16 at 9 P.M. on WNET.)

My impression of her from that performance was that she is a stylistic opposite of Somova, at least in the descriptions I've read. It doesn't surprise me when a teacher tries to force a pupil to look like him or her, but it does seem odd that Chenchikova would encourage Somova in the direction in which she's been described, when it isn't close to her own or the tradition.


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