Alessandro's Bolshoi Fund

Raised: £27,796.00
Goal: £35,000.00

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Louise Mercer

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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 firs... more


Updated posted by Louise Mercer 1 month ago

Hello everyone.
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'


Updated posted by Louise Mercer 3 months ago

A few photos from Academy life


Alex with Nacho Duato (June'13)

Anniversary gala@Kremlin Palace Nov'13

Graduation concert June'13


Updated posted by Louise Mercer 3 months ago

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)


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Created by Louise Mercer on April 5, 2012

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: and
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

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I hope people see how talented Alex is and will sponsor him accordingly. Good Luck and I hope you are able to raise the £45,000. I will be sponsoring Alex when paypal lets me in a few days time.

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Rondaa Brown

2 months ago


The Boy is doing good & as my Tax Bill was a little less than expected I thought of Alex. Keep the updates coming, it really is great to see him progress. He's truly looking the part now.



Jill Cutting

2 months ago


Happy new year Alex. Hope 2014 is your best ever year!




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Marie Dowson

5 months ago


So pleased to see you doing so well xxx



Julie Oldham

5 months ago


Happy Birthday Alex



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