Hello and Happy Christmas everyone! This post is just to say one final big thank you for all the help you have all given Alessandro over his time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy...without which he would not now be a professional ballet dancer!
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.
Well here we finally are. ....
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!
A couple of weeks ago Alex had his Acting exam, when amongst other things he performed the final scene from the ballet 'Mayerling', impressing not only the adjudicators, but also ballet critics in the audience....he received the highest mark that could be awarded! :-)
Now here we are about to enter the most important week of Alex's life so far....Graduation Exam week!
The culmination of 3 years of incredibly hard work at the Bolshoi Academy.
Monday is 'Classical'; Tuesday 'Pas de Deux' and Wednesday is 'Character'.
The run-up to the exams was going really well, until Alex's class mate, Lyosha, received an injury which sadly has put him out of his exams.....meaning that Alex has quickly had to learn new choreography and positions (in place of works he was supposed to be doing with Lyosha). Last minute changes are something Alex is now very used to and as usual he arose to the challenge!!
I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Alex and his class mates all the best for their exams.....watch this space.
As promised, here is footage of Alex and his partner Vlada performing his choreography 'Symphony for Two' which was performed in the March gala. Unfortunately the video of the actual performance wasn't very good (too much swapping about of camera angles to actually see the choreography!), so his video is from the rehearsal.
Hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCHu3nQF48c
(more videos will follow soon)
Goodness how did it get to be March 2015?!
It's been a very hectic and very exciting few months for Alex as he enters the last phase of his training at the Bolshoi.
Since my last posting in October Alex has been on tours to Rome and Astrakhan which gained him wonderful reviews of which the following quote was part of one of them :
"Today when you see how intently Alessandro performs, how selflessly he executes demanding choreography...you understand how this emotionally generous boy has picked the right path, on which he can gain success and move to the heights..." Alexander Maxov (Russian ballet critic).
Over the Christmas and New Year period the audition process began, with Alex taking company classes in various companies in Europe and Russia. He has been offered a number of companies, but at this moment in time I don't want to tempt fate by telling you all, as the one he really wants will not be finalised until May.... Fingers and toes are crossed for the legalities of contracts and visas to go through!!
Two weeks ago Alex received the ultimate accolade when his own choreography "Symphony for Two" was chosen for in the Academy's Spring Galas. Alex and his partner Vlada Zakharova performed beautifully.... Alex was delighted with how it was received and that he was able to show yet another 'string to his bow'.
So now its 'all eyes down' for exams' (with maybe a gala or two in between), comencing with his Acting one on April 1st! He's going a number of pieces, but his main one is the final scene from Mayerling...
challenging to say the least and I hope to be able to post some videos soon.
We can't thank you all enough for your financial help and support over the last 3 years...I could not have got him there without it, so thank you all so much.
If anyone fancies a trip out to Moscow,(Easyjet fly direct from Manchester) his graduation gala performances are on 26th/27th May with the ceremony at the end of June.
I'll keep you all posted on any further updates.
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.
In 2012 my 16year old son Alex (now 19), 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.
Well done Alex and Louise. Extremely proud of you both ...Alex for being the incredible,talented ,hard working boy that he is and Louise for being such a wonderful ,supportive mum who has also worked tirelessly to make her sons dream come true x