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  1. Zachary

    Olga Smirnova

    There are a couple videos up on YouTube - her Odile variation and the coda. I'm waiting eagerly for more! She looks beautiful, I'm sure she must have been nervous but I myself think she did an absolutely stunning job, not to mention the variation is a different version than the one she's already performed at Bolshoi. Chudin is, of course, perfect as always.
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    Olga Smirnova

    Well I sure do wish that I lived in or near Moscow. I wonder what her next debut in a full length ballet will be! I love being able to follow these up and coming stars; the people who upload her videos to YouTube are my heroes.
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    Olga Smirnova

    I have also heard that she is controversial; someone on YouTube has uploaded the full 'La Fille du Pharaon' with Smirnova as Aspicia and Semyon Chudin, a wonderful dancer, as Taor. I think their partnership is a very good one. I enjoy her Aspicia and I think it was a very strong debut and that she will be principal ballerina material very very soon, if she isn't already.
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    Olga Smirnova

    I've seen that video of Smirnova's character exam 'mazurka' before. She is amazing and barre is beautiful too! I really enjoy character work, especially Vaganova's, since they really know how it's done.
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    Olga Smirnova

    At first I was a bit disappointed that she did not go to Mariinsky because I love so many of the dancers there, then I came to and realized that it was a much better decision for her to move to the Bolshoi. She is doing so well and now that Obraztsova is also there, and Kristina Shapran at Stanislavsky, she gives me a reason to make a visit to Moscow... I've been searching for videos of her Pharaoh's Daughter debut but no success so far.
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    Olga Smirnova

    Ah, my bad. The pictures i found were from a rehearsal I think... so maybe she has not debuted yet, maybe that is on the 14th. Anyways, if we could all keep our eyes open maybe we can find the video as soon as it comes out. If there is to be one, that is...
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    Olga Smirnova

    Hello everyone! I didn't really do my research so I'm not 100% sure if this is the first topic completely dedicated to Olga Smirnova, extremely talented 2011 Vaganova grad of Kovaleva's class who is now first soloist at Bolshoi Theatre. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone knows about videos of her debut in 'La Fille du Pharaon', or 'The Pharaoh's Daughter' at Bolshoi Theatre recently; I have found pictures but I'm dying to see a video. I also want to hear other people's opinions on Smirnova and how quickly you all think she will reach principal status. She is personally one of my favourite bal
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