For three days at the end of January, dance fans will be spoilt rotten when The Russian State Ballet of Siberia visits The Anvil in Basingstoke with three different shows.
Launching the trio of shows will be ‘Swan Lake’ on Monday, January 25, before ‘Snow Maiden’ on Tuesday, January 26 and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on Wednesday, January 27.
And with each of the shows suitable for an audience of all ages, one of the company’s dancers Anna Fedosova believes they will inspire a new generation of ballet performers.
“I wish for all young ballet dancers to fall in love with dancing, with everything you do on stage and then the audience will definitely fall in love with you,” she said.
“I toured once in UK and I liked England very much.
“I do not know much about British culture but everything I have seen was very advanced and versatile.”
After discovering dance at the age of 10, Anna joined The Russian State Ballet of Siberia two years ago after she graduated from her ballet school.
Anna and the other members of the company face a hectic performing schedule of 68 shows between January 5 and March 22 on their nationwide, visiting theatres in Oxford, Brighton and Edinburgh among many others.
Faced with such a tour, Anna revealed her routine to make sure that she was always performing to the best of her ability.
“I get up early in the morning and have my breakfast, which I prepare the day previously, before going for a long walk.
“Then I travel to the theatre and start doing ballet class, which is then followed by a rehearsal, a short time to get ready for the performance, with the show starting shortly after.
“I will be performing in all ballets on the tour.”
She added: “Normally I need half an hour to warm myself up before going on stage.
“I do warm-ups in my special way, which includes flexing and stretching legs and arms.
“I also must need to keep my muscles warm between rehearsals and performances and for that I use wool warmers and sweaters.”
Tickets for all three ballets cost from £29.50 to £39.50 each with all of the shows starting at 7.30pm.
For more details, visit The Anvil’s website: anvilarts.org.uk.