Soul of Dance 2008

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The ballet dancers who won 2008's Soul of Dance awards are:


Denis Matvienko

Soloist Mikhailovsky Theater

(St. Petersburg)

«Rising stars»

Ekaterina Krysanova

soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet Theater of Russia



Vladimir Shklyarov

soloist with the Mariinsky Ballet Theater

(St. Petersburg)

The official announcement and complete list of current and prior award winners are given here:


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Not that long ago, these would be names from reviews, but between YouTube and the now-frequent tours by both the Bolshoi and Mariinsky -- however this has impacted them artistically -- many of us can see the names and kvell, having seen them perform.

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I know what you mean -- I used to have to beg videotape from colleagues if I needed to do some research on an artist or a company that was coming to my town -- now I can spend that time trolling YouTube!

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