Swan Lake, White Swan Adagio

36 minutes

Oksana Skorik & Xander Parish

Company – The Mariinsky Ballet

Position – Principal Dancers

Schooling – Perm State Ballet School (Oksana), The Royal Ballet School (Xander)

In this masterclass, Oksana & Xander teach through one of the most famous and well known pieces of the classical ballet repertoire- the White Swan Adagio from the lakeside scene of Swan Lake which is in Act 1 scene 2 in Russian productions or Act 2 scene 1 in many Western productions.

This masterclass begins with Oksana and Xander giving a beautiful, full run-through demonstration of the Adagio after which they go back to the beginning and talk through the complex partnering techniques in great detail while giving their own tips and advice on how to execute this classical duet.

Xander explains the details of the partnering from the male dancer’s perspective while Oksana gives her tips and thoughts from the ballerina’s point of view including what she personally likes from her partners in this role. Xander speaks in English and Oksana in Russian but there are subtitles provided to translate what is being said when Russian is used.

This is a fascinating masterclass for any ballet lover, dancer or student to watch and learn from or to simply enjoy!

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