On March 19th, the Red Bank Catholic Dance Department was honored to welcome Moscow Festival ballerina Elena Khorosheva who visited their studio and taught a Master Ballet Class to 17 of RBC’s dancers. The Moscow Festival Ballet was in town for its performance of Swan Lake that evening at the Count Basie Theatre. A few weeks prior to the performance, the Count Basie Education Department contacted RBC’s Performing Arts Director Mrs. Stacy Bascom and offered to conduct a Master Class in Red Bank Catholic’s Performing Arts Center. She accepted the offer without hesitation.
Mrs. Bascom was excited for her students to have such a wonderful opportunity: “Elena was the epitome of a Russian ballerina- long beautiful extensions, absolute grace and amazing technique.” Ms. Khorosheva led the dancers through a grueling ballet barre routine, which was followed by a graceful adagio (slow movements to improve the dancer’s ability to control the leg and increase extension,) and then across the floor enchainements, (a linked series of movements.)
Although Ms. Khorosheva speaks very little English, she was able to communicate with the students through ballet. Mrs. Bascom explains how that aspect of the class may have had the biggest impact on her: “The universal French ballet terminology that our students know from our ballet class here at RBC enabled them to understand every word that was spoken and every instruction they received. It was so thrilling to watch them communicate with each other.”
RBC Sophomore Aileen McNelis of Colts Neck feels very fortunate to be able to attend the class and says, “The master class was an amazing opportunity that opened my eyes even further into the beauty of ballet. Elena was truly an inspiration.” Freshman Erin Dye of Brick agrees. She says, “Elena inspired me to continue to strive hard to have a successful career in dance.”
Ms. Khorosheva tours with the Moscow Festival Ballet and has recently appeared as a Polish bride in Swan Lake and as a step-sister in Cinderella. The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.