Bringing St. Petersburg’s ballet traditions to Thailand
Five years ago, when Ekaterina Benderskaya decided to move from St. Petersburg to Thailand to join her son, who was a student in the country, the ballet teacher had one goal in mind. She wanted to open a branch of the renowned Rosinka Dance School in the kingdom.
Rosinka was established by Ekaterina’s mother Lubov in Michurinsk in 1968. Operating for almost five decades, the academy is recognized as one of the top 50 ballet schools in Russia. Last year, Lubov Benderskaya was awarded the ‘Best Choreography Teacher in Russia’ prize. Her two daughters Anastasya and Ekaterina followed their mother's steps and taught choreography in Rosinka Dance School, the branch they opened later in St. Petersburg.
“We are now in the 5th academic year of the Rosinka International Russian Ballet School in Pattaya,” says Ekaterina. “I am proud of the progress of all my students here. As teachers, we educate and even raise children, and our main goal is to bring about a creative and happy next generation.”
There are children from various cultural backgrounds in the Rosinka School in Pattaya, including Russians, Thais, Japanese, Americans, Swedes and Indians. The children are divided into 5 age groups: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-15.
“We strictly stick to Russian ballet traditions, using Agrippina Vaganova’s methodology,” Benderskaya says. “For the youngest children, we have a special program.”
In Pattaya, Rosinka is well known not as just a school, but as a children's performing dance company with high standards.
Rosinka students participate as guest performers in many concerts, as well as charity events in Bangkok and Pattaya, and official receptions of the Russian Embassy in Thailand.
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“These days, our students are getting ready for open classes that we will hold for their parents, as well as a dance competition in Bangkok in the spring and our annual gala-concert in June,” says Benderskaya. “ So we have got a lot of work to do, but this work brings us satisfaction and happiness. And I am absolutely sure, that when parents enroll their boys and girls in dance schools and studios, they give their children yet another opportunity to be happy.”
Watching Rosinka’s young and beautiful ballerinas dancing in an inspired manner and then gracefully accepting a loud applause from the audience, it’s possible to see just how happy they are.