In July, Gramilano reported on the upcoming Vaganova Prix in St Petersburg.
In view of the numerous requests from Russian and foreign ballet schools the age of the participants of the competition has been extended to include 19-year-olds and the new deadline for accepting applications has also been extended, now giving hopeful participants until 19 September to submit their application form.
This is the seventh time that the competition has been held and it will take place in St Petersburg on 23-29 October 2016.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.