Alessandro Caggegi (Ballet dancer)
Thanks to the amazing generosity of many people, both known and anonymous and use of 'gofundme', we raised the money to enable him to accept his place.
He graduated in 2015, only the 3rd British boy ever to do so.
Against all the odds, Alex gained a Russian work visa and accepted a soloist contract with the renouned Tatar State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kazan.
You can see more photos and read more about Alex at: www.wix.com/acaggegi/alex-caggegi-ballet 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
Firstly, this is not an update to generate any funds (please do not send any money). It is just the easiest way to update all you lovely people on Alex's progress.
He is in his second season with the company in Kazan and has one week left of their yearly winter tour of Europe. I was fortunate enough to see them perform in Holland over New Year, which was absolutely wonderful.
Alex has had an amazing year since I last posted an update...he dances many solo roles now and performed his first Principle role as Pierre Gringoire, the poet, in 'Esmeralda'.
As well as all his dancing achievements, Alex has been doing a lot of choreography; having been commissioned to choreograph works for principles of both his own company and the Kremlin ballet in Moscow. He also has a continuing relationship with the Bolshoi Academy and has been commissioned to create a number of competition pieces for their students.
I've attached a few videos for your enjoyment...the first is from his performance as the Jester in 'Swan Lake' and the other two are rehearsals of a couple of his own choreographic works.
Alessandro now has his own YouTube channel that you can subscribe to (free of charge):
As you know, he graduated in June and was offered a number of contracts. After a chaotic summer, he finally decided to accept a soloist contract with the Tatar State Opera and Ballet company in Kazan..... a wonderful company, with a very good reputation in Russia. He moved back to Russia in August ready to start the new season in September. He was immediately given roles in every ballet and soon gained a reputation for the speed in which he learns parts!
In November the company flew to Switzerland to begin a 72day European tour consisting of 65 performances throughout France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg and Holland...every night in a different city! Exhausting to say the least!!
I had the joy of being able to see him dancing the role of Benvolio in 'Romeo and Juliet' in Paris. Words can't describe how it felt to watch him.
As this is a fund raising site this will be my final post, but you can continue to follow Alex's career via his facebook, website and instagram accounts ( or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org )
So thank you, Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016 from myself and Alex.
graduation day is TOMORROW!
I was lucky enough to fly to Moscow last month for the Graduates Gala and am currently winging my way back to Russia for tomorrow's ceremony (thank goodness for EasyJet! )
The gala was wonderful....We were no longer watching students, but the future stars of the ballet world and I'm very proud to say Alex was very much a part of it. A new version of 'Romeo and Juliette' was commissioned with Alex as 'Mercuzio'......a part absolutely made for him. I have posted some photos and will post the video link shortly.
So what next.....well a number of companies in Russia and Europe have offered Alex contacts and add yet he is finalising his options.....I will keep you posted.
Well I've been holding my breath for the last 3 days, but can finally breathe!
Alex has completed his exams and passed all with flying colours. He even receiving a special commendation from the assessing panel for his Character exam :-)
The students have all worked incredibly hard and I think their relief is shown in this photo. Just the written exams to go now!
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.