Goodness, how did it get to be October so soon?!
After a great summer, with Alex doing really well in the competition in Vienna (he got into the finals in the 'professional' category ahead of guys who had been working in companies for a number of years), he is now into his second month of his Graduation year.
As usual the start of the year has been hectic. As well as working towards his graduation exams there are many rehearsals for up and coming galas and tours. Alex also has new partner as his partner last year was a 3rd year,
At the end of this month he has 2 performances of 'La Fille Mal Gardee' at the Bolshoi Theatre and 3 days of competition in the 'Moscow Festival of Character and Folk Dancing' (Alex can't actually enter this in his own right as its "Russians only", but his teacher wanted him to take part, so he is partnering some of the other contestants).
November consists of a tour to Rome, performing at Teatro dell' Opera di Roma and another to the Astrakhan State Theatre (on the border of Kazakhstan on the Caspian Sea).
Alex has also finally updated his website, so you can keep updated with his news easier as it includes links to his 'youtube'; instagram; twitter and facebook pages.
Go to www.alessandrocaggegi.co.uk
Once again thank you all for your continued support...we're very nearly there, but just need one last push to cover his final fees and the cost of travelling to auditions (which will start in the new year).
Gosh where does the time go?!
Well, after taking the 'Russian Language' academic exam (passing with flying colours), next week marks the start of Alex's 2nd year dance exams! His classical is on Monday, followed by Pas De Deux on Friday and Character on 7th June. Mind you (in true Academy style) he also has a gala on Tuesday as well as the Graduation Gala at the beginning of June to rehearse for!!
On top of all of that, he is also rehearsing for a competition in Vienna in July....makes me tired just thinking about it all!! :-)
Here are a few of the most recent photos from Moscow
So I've just got back from visiting Alex and had the wonderful privileged of not only seeing him perform in the Academy's March Gala, but also spending a day in the Academy watching his classes!!
I really can't express how wonderful it was to see him so at home and really excelling.
The classes were amazing and as an ex-dancer (all be it an extremely mediocre one in comparison!!), it was fascinating to see the teaching methods and combinations (all incredibly difficult....although Alex said they were the easy ones as it was a Monday!!)
The next few months will continue to be extremely busy, with Alex's own exams as well as the 3rd year ones he will be partnering some of the girls in. There will no doubt also be another Gala or two!
Once again, thank you for all your support and I hope you like the attached footage of his performance on Friday.
Alex and Natalia performing 'L'Amoroso'
A few photos from Academy life
Alex with Nacho Duato (June'13)
Anniversary gala@Kremlin Palace Nov'13
Graduation concert June'13
Happy New Year everybody!
Well what a lovely two weeks with Alex home for his Christmas break..he flew back to Moscow today, so the house has suddenly gone quiet again.
Well, what a great start he's had to his 2nd year...he performed a couple of pieces in the Academy's 240yr Anniversary Gala (held at the Kremlin) and gained top marks in his Contemporary exam!
He also had the honour to be chosen to perform the whole of the male variation, pas de deux and the coda (13mins long!!) from the 1st act of 'La Corsaire'. The rehearsal schedule for all of that, on top of a full day of classes was exhausting, with little time to eat or sleep, but as usual Alex took it all in his stride and his hard work definitely paid off.
The schedule for the rest of his 2nd year looks to be just as manic, starting with a trip to Milan at the beginning of February to perform at 'La Scala', followed by more galas and exams.
We must thank you all once again for your continued support and best wishes....hope you like the photos (the rehearsal video is to follow)
Well Alex has been back at the Academy for nearly 3 weeks now and is well and truly back into the swing of things with a charity gala already rehearsed and planned for this weekend! There is a lot on the schedule already for the coming year and Alex is rehearsing solos and duet pieces for performances and also his acting exams which are in November.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support and a big thank-you also to the 'West Lancashire Freemasons Charity' for coming on board this year too. Alex and I are always greatly humbled by the generosity of not only friends and family, but also by those who do not know Alex...and without whom Alex would not be living the dream.
Alex has been in New York for 3 weeks now and is having a wonderful time.
On Saturday he did a great time on a photo shoot with photographer Liz McEachern-Hall. Here are just a few of her amazing 'Urban Ballet' shots....
'Urban Ballet' by Liz McEachern-Hall
'Urban Ballet' by Liz McEachern-Hall
'Urban Ballet' by Liz McEachern-Hall
More wonderful photographs by Liz McEachern-Hall of Alex in NYC ...13th July'13
Alessandro (photo by Liz McEachern-Hall)
'Urban Ballet' by Liz McEachern-Hall
'Urban Ballet' by Liz McEachern-Hall
This is my favourite to date:-)
Alex performing with the Graduate students in their graduation show. This is a haunting rendition of 'Burlaki' (Boatmen)
No sooner does Alex get home then he's off again....only 3 days until he goes to New York with the Academy for 6 weeks!!
Here's some footage of the Academy performing in Kazan at the 'Rudolf Nureyev Festival' in May. Glimpses of Alex are at :34 (helping a friend to turn better) 1:24 / 1:42/2:15 and 4:26
Bolshoi Ballet Academy tour to Kazan
Alessandro would like to thank everyone who has supported him over the last year, as would I!! We will be forever indebted to all of you. Alex is soon off to New York for 6 weeks to represent the Academy.
Well Alex's first amazing year in Moscow is completed. Here is a short film of his achievements so far. Please share this clip as we still need to raise funds for his next two years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi7CSUW17rY
This photo was taken this morning...the exam is just a week away!
Oh heck....Academy fees have gone up £2,000 per year! :-s Better get my fundraising head on again!!
Hello again....well Alex has had an unbelievable time since his return to the Academy after the NewYear hols. This week has seen the culmination of a lot of hard work and many, many hours rehearsing with the 3rd yr graduating students.
Last Friday Alex partnered two 3rd yrs girls for their final 'pas de deux' exam. It went really well and both his girls got the highest grading possible!! Alex was so pleased that he hadnt let them down.
Also, (due to one of the 3rd yr boys fracturing a leg 3 weeks ago) on Wednesday he did their character exam too! Good job he's a fast learner! :-)
The exams are very different at the Bolshoi as they are done on stage as a full performance in front of an audience, with many artistic directors going to watch. Accidently, Alex also got marked alongside the 3rd yrs and incredibly he was given the top grading!! Wow.
Its all been such good experience for him and has given him a real confidence boost for his own exams in May.
Hopefully I'll get copies of the exam DVDs soon, so I'll post them asap.
Thank you once again for all your support. Alex is certainly grabbing every opportunity and is doing us all proud.
Well time is flying by and Alex has been back at the Academy for 3 weeks after his New Year break back in Blighty. He continues to have an amazing time and since I went to see him in La Fille Mal Garde he performed in 2 galas for the Prime Minister and various ministers.
The last 3 weeks have been full of rehearsals for further performances and he has had the honour of being asked to partner some 3rd yr girls for their graduation exams which take place around Easter! Amazing!!
Thank you all for your continued support.
Just a brief bit of Alex rehearsing for La Fille Mal Garde (2mins into the video)
'La Fille Mal Garde' Bolshoi Ballet Theatre 16.11.2
Alex and Paolina after La Fille Mal Garde performance 16.11.12
Alex and his character teacher Ivanova
Alex and Dima's curtain call
Hello everyone. Finally here are a few photos from Alex's performance in La Fille Mal Garde
Off to Moscow on Thursday. Alex is performing the gypsy dance in La Fille Mal Garde on Friday evening...I cant wait, I never thought I'd be going over again so soon!! Hopefully I'll be able to get some photos to show you all.
A HUGE thank-you for the continued support and donations.
Alex has now been at the Academy for 6 weeks and is doing amazingly well. He's working incredibly hard and has already been chosen as a soloist '2nd cast' in LA FILLE MAL GARDE at the Bolshoi Theatre next month!!
This is usually reserved for 3rd year students, so its a massive acheivement so early on. :-)
D-DAY...Alex entered the Academy on Friday evening and after the opening ceremony on Saturday morning, he started classes on Monday. The Academy has the most wonderful atmosphere and facilities (everything has been refurbished this summer) and thankfully Alex's ballet master seems to like him.
A big thank you once again to everybody that has helped to get Alex there for his first year!
Hurray....we have passports and visas!!! Just in time for Alex to go to Italy on Saturday....phew! He's only got 5 days left on English soil!! :-s
Having major problems with visa which means Alex cant now land in Moscow until 31st August instead of 30th :-s Does anybody know someone who can pull strings with Lufthansa??....they wont allow me to alter any portion of the flights, even though there's a flight that leaves Frankfurt 4 hours later than the original, which lands after midnight!!! Even phoned the airport in Moscow to see if we can hang around in passport control for 4 hours....but no joy!! :-(
Amazingly its only 3 weeks until Alex goes!! And the fund is very, very healthy....thank you everybody.
Must also give a massive thank you to Amanda Hill at IDS/GRISHKO UK for supplying all Alex's ballet shoes. Believe me, this saves a lot of money and they are the most beautifully crafted shoes.
Thank you yet again for the continued support and to St Gregory's Catholic High (for all your support of Alex over the years) and to Johnsons Hairdressing for their wonderful response to Alex's story...and the free haircuts when he's home!!
Thanks once again to Marks and Spencers customers...another good day bag packing...£530 in total, split between Alex, Golborne Band and Marks and Spencers own charities
Thank you to all the generous customers at M S Gemini who allowed us to pack their bags today. I hope nothing got squashed!!
Thanks also to Norma, Vicky, Karen, Tudor and Alex from 'Golborne Brass Band' and our friends Colin, Sue, Theressa and Sarah for giving up their Sunday afternoon to man the tills along side myself and Alessandro.
Wow, So nearly at the £15,000 mark, hopefully the bag pack at Marks and Spencers (Gemini) tomorrow will get us there. Thankyou once again, the support is brilliant!!
We are so close to the £15,000 goal I'd set for this year (although thanks to the extortionate cost of insurance and legal fees, I've under estimated by about £4,000 per year! :-s)
So I've decided to keep going with the fundraising, rather than waiting till next year to raise the next chunk of fees.
If anyone is local to Warrington and would like a good evening of entertainment, Alex's brass band are having a 'farewell Alex' fundraising show of show/big band tunes.
It will heavily feature Alex, both playing and dancing, as well as singers and other dancers. Its on 21st July...contact me if you're interested.
The generosity of people, that dont even know Alex, never ceases to amaze me. It gives you faith in human kind! Thank you once again.
This is amazing! Once again, thank you so much. This year's target is well and truly in sight,:-)
Amazing...nearly half way to achieving the first year! Thank you so much everybody.
Paypal problems have now been resolved, however if anyone prefers to do a bank transfer instead, I will be happy to send account details (donating that way also means we dont have to pay paypals charges).
Very sorry, but I'm still having paypal issues due to the bank account being in an under 18 yr old's name, it will be sorted by the end of the week! However if anyone prefers to send money a donation directly into Alessandro's bank account you can contact me via email and I will supply the account details. Thanks a lot.
Once again, thank you so much for all the kind donations, the support is incredible.
If anyone is having problems donating via Paypal please wait a couple of days, then try again, as the account is being upgraded. Due to the Bank Holiday, its going to take a day or two to be completed.
Alex will be on the 'BBC Breakfast' sofa tomorrow (around 8.30am), its amazing how quickly word get round once the ball starts rolling
Great feature in todays 'Sunday Times'. Thank you to Kate Mansey for the write up.
Well the Russian language CDs were a great buy! Alex is having fun with it and is learning quickly despite the hinderance of one of the other 'students' on the CD who is far too slow for Alex's liking!! LOL
There's a feature in The Manchester Evening News tonight....not our doing! Hopefully if regional newspapers are staring to pick up on the story, then TV'll be next!! :-)
Thank-you to everyone once again....that's the first month paid for!! :-) There have been 2 lovely write ups published today: a full page on page 3 of 'The Warrington Guardian' and the front cover and page 3 feature in 'Warrington Worldwide', both are available online too if anyone would like to have a look.
Thank you so much guys....that's the medicals paid for!!
Thank you so much...I didnt expect such quick responses and lovely comments! xx
In 2012 my 16year old son Alex (now 18), become only the 4th British boy in a 240 year history to be accepted into the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. He was also the first Britain ever to be accepted straight into the Russian boys class, without doing a probationary year.
This was an amazing opportunity as the training there is very different from in Britain and develops brilliant male dancers.
Alex has had a wonderful first year and achieved much more than we could ever have thought possible in such a short period of time.
His acceptance to the Academy was only made possible by the amazing generosity shown by family, friends and strangers alike as I needed to raise approximately £18,000 to cover the cost and expenses of his first year.
However, for Alex to continue his with his training, I still need to raise the money for his next 18 months (and unfortunately the fees have gone up by £2000 per year!)
So please can you help? Even the smallest donations will add up and enable Alex to fulfil his dream and reach his full potential.
You can see more photos and read more about Alex at: www.wix.com/acaggegi/alex-caggegi-ballet
see videos of him via his Youtube channel: 'Alessandro Caggegi'
Thank you to Liz McEachern-Hall (editor and producer at 'Fields of Vision' MA) for the use of her amazing 'Urban Ballet' photos of Alex in New York City, USA
Thank you to Elaine Mayson for the use of her photo of Alex