Promotion of May Nagahisa in Kirov-Mariinsky Ballet Posted July 20, 2018 27 minutes ago, Mashinka said: I find it offensive to call sponsorship 'corruption'. In the UK there are both corporations and individuals (and I know a couple of the latter) that are prepared to sponsor across the board in the arts world, whether it's productions or individuals. Greasing the wheels isn't the same as greasing the palms. May Nagahisa is a lovely dancer and deserves to flourish and without Kimin Kim, almost wholly trained by ex Kirov dancers in Korea, the company's male ranks would look as dull as ditch water. I have said nothing about May Nagahisa's capabilities as a dancer. My point is that she is not a Vaganova trained dancer, and there are Vaganova graduates who never could get her opportunities or early promotion. And re the dire male principal ranks, I agree, and the fact that Ermakov, Zverev and Stepin have not LONG been principals is just ridiculous and tragic.