Behind The Scenes with Xander Parish OBE, first British principal of the Mariinsky Ballet.

Xander Parish OBE - One of the best Dancers in the world
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An exclusive Ballet Class with the world-renowned Ballet dancer Xander Parish CBE. Xander will teach you from the historic Mariinsky Ballet studios in Saint Peterburg, Russia, followed by a guided tour and behind the scenes peek of the legendary studios. Xander will work with a private client or a small group. Xander will tailor classes to any skill level and will incorporate stretching and workouts you can do at home.

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  • Xander joined The Royal Ballet Company in August 2005 along with his sister Demelza. They were the first brother and sister to be members of The Royal Ballet together. – Xander’s repertoire included: ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ (Lilac Fairy Cavalier), ‘The Nutcracker’ (Arabian Dance, Waltz of the Flowers), ‘Swan Lake’ (Cadets, Mazurka), ‘La Fille Mal Gardee’ (Colas’ Friends), ‘Les Patineurs’ (Brown Boys), McGregor’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and Fenton’s ‘Song Without Words’ and ‘Seacastles’. Xander created roles in Wheeldon’s ‘DGV: dance a grande Vitesse’, Tuckett’s ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, and Fenton’s ‘Monument’. He also choreographed for The Royal Ballet’s ‘Draftworks’ program.
  • In 2009, Xander was invited to join The Mariinsky Ballet by its ballet director Yuri Fateyev and joined the company in January 2010 aged 23 as its first and only British dancer. His repertoire includes Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Count Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Desiré (The Sleeping Beauty), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), The Nutcracker Prince (The Nutcracker ch. Vainonen), Vronsky (Anna Karenina ch. Ratmansky), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda), Male Principal (Le Parc), Vaslav (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray), Andrés (Paquita), The Golden Slave (Scheherazade), The Poet (Chopiniana/Les Sylphides), John the Baptist (Salome ch. Faski), Ashton’s Sylvia (Aminta) and Marguerite & Armand (Armand), Balanchine ballets including Apollo, Jewels (Emeralds & Diamonds), Serenade (Waltz, Elegy) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), Hans Van Manen’s ‘Adagio Hammerklavier’ & ‘Variations For Two Couples’, Millepied’s ‘Without’ & ‘La Nuit s’achève’ and McGregor’s ‘Infra’. His repertoire as a guest artist also includes Gauthier’s ‘Ballet 101’, ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’, and Ashton’s ‘The Dream’ (Oberon).

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