Alessandro's Bolshoi Fund

£33,721 of £35k goal

Raised by 139 people in 54 months
Louise Mercer  Burtonwood, ENG
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.

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
( www.elainemaysonphotography.co.uk)
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Update 52
9 months ago

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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 slmercertherapy@yahoo.co.uk )
So thank you, Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016 from myself and Alex.
Louise
Romeo and Juliet
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Update 51
15 months ago

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.
LOUISE
26/5/15
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Update 50
17 months ago

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Hello again.
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!
Class of 2015
Relief!!
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Update 49
17 months ago

Hello friends.
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.
Regards,
Louise
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Rich Barrie
53 months ago

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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£33,721 of £35k goal

Raised by 139 people in 54 months
Created April 5, 2012
JC
£100
Jill Cutting
17 months ago

Congratulations Alex! Fantastic achievement, not long to go now...

ES
£50
Eugene Sorets
17 months ago
£20
Marie Dowson
18 months ago

So proud of you Alex xx

DA
£100
David Armstrong
18 months ago

Great achievement!

JG
£15
Jenny Grayson
18 months ago
AD
£25
Ann drake
18 months ago

Oh what a dream coming true xxx

AC
£50
Alison Caldwell
18 months ago

An amazing story so far and more to come in the future, love to you both x

SP
£25
Svetlana Popova
18 months ago

Very proud of Alex and his achievements! Happy to support! Good Luck and All The Best to both of you!! :-)

GS
£100
Gaynor S
18 months ago

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

ES
£20
Eugene Sorets
18 months ago
Rich Barrie
53 months ago

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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