Alessandro Caggegi to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia

Monday, 11 November 2013

A young man from Warrington has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He is a gifted dancer and has for the last 12 months been training at the Bolshoi Academy, on a self-financing basis

Alex, now 17 and known in Russia as Allessandro Caggegi, became only the fourth British boy in its 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 boy’s class, without doing a probationary year.

Alex is currently in New York on a photoshoot with photographer Liz McEachern-Hall.

Alex is a gifted dancer and to be offered a place at one of the world’s leading dance academies is an achievement in its own right - however with fees in excess of €17,000 per year, finding the funds has been a battle for his mother, and in times of austerity this task has become even more arduous.

Applying for numerous grants from many differing sources, Alex’s mother Louise eventually came across the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, on reading the application proposed by Louise they were inspired to grant some money, in total they have contributed £5,000 towards the fees.

Whilst studying with the Bolshoi, Alex will cover classical dance repertoire, pas de deux, historical dance, acting, modern choreography, the Russian language classes and classes of professional education.

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