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Georgian and Russian Ballet Star Leaves USA

2009-06-09 15:55

2993.jpegThe ballet dancer Nino Ananiashvili announced that this spring season in the American Ballet Theater will be the last one for her in the US. So she can dedicate more time to the management of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater where she teaches the Russian ballet art to children.


This spring the US public considers almost every performance featured by Nino Ananiashvili as the last one. It was last year that she said for the first time she was going to quit the American stage as a dancer. In February Nino was welcomed by a sea of flowers and applause given to her by the Washington public in the Kennedy Center, where the American Ballet Theater presented «Swan Lake» featured by the famous ballet dancer for the last time.

Nino Ananiashvili is considered «their own» by Russia, Georgia and the US, says the New York Times newspaper, informing on the star's intention to quit the stage of the American Ballet Theater. She has been considered the ‘prima ballerina' of this theater since 1993. At the same time until 2004 Ananiashvili continued performing in the Bolshoy Theater of Russia, whose maestros opened her the door to worldwide recognition. And in 2004 at the invitation of Mikhail Saakashvili she headed the Georgian State Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Zakhariy Pavliashvili.

The parents of Nino, a girl from Tbilisi, took their daughter to a figure skating school to improve her health. In 1973 at the age of ten years she won the title of Champion of Georgia in the junior age group. But her plasticity in ice dancing was so stunning that they advised she should start studying choreography, too. As a result she gave up skating and entered the State Choreography College of the Republic. Nino was noted by the Moscow maestros who convinced her parents to send their talented daughter to the capital of the USSR.

From then one her road to the worldwide fame started. «Due to ballet I met my husband (the current Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigol Vashadze), due to ballet I went to Moscow, received a good education, met my wonderful teachers... It was them that made me myself. A little girl from Georgia, from a family that has nothing to do either with ballet nor even with the theater, an ordinary family, without any connections, made her way in Moscow herself!», she said to the Novye Izvestia newspaper.

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