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As a young troupe from St Petersburg visiting the United Kingdom in the 90s, SPBT has made a contribution to bringing Russian classical ballet to theatres and halls in the UK, building new audiences to experience a quality performance of classical dance.    In the current UK climate of "dance dance dance"  wherever one looks, the Russian companies under the PMB banner (St Petersburg Ballet and Moscow City Ballet and Kiev Classical Ballet) all make a long term contribution which tends to go unrecognised as funded dance companies and funded dance organisations tap into the very same venues and very loyal audiences created and built by totally unfunded young Russian companies.

St Petersburg Ballet SPBT formed in 1994 to perform for tourists visiting St Petersburg.

The dancers were drawn from schools and academies all over Russia Principal and character dancers include Dmitry Akulinin, Andrei Stelmakhov, Olga Ovchinnikova, Anna Podlesnaya, Dmitry Shevtsov, Dimchik Saykeev, Alla Bocharova and Asia Ogannesyan, all fine dancers in the pure classical style. 

The troupe currently hires halls and venues across France bringing classical ballet to regional France.

PMB Presentations Says:

What the Press Say

Out of respect for professional journalists and critics we will not reproduce here any reviews from anonymous amateur reviewers such as those who post reviews on ballet and dance websites

"St Petersburg Ballet Theatre continues the tradition of bringing high art to far flung places." The Mail on Sunday

"You don't need to be Rudolf Nureyev to tell that these are gifted dancers at the top of their game.For novices watching this performance was probably a privilege. For ballet lovers it must have been a dream." Yorkshire Advertiser

"Dimchyk Saykeev is a terrific and athletic actor dancer who likes nothing better than tackling the menacing roles.Dmitry Shevtsov Olga Ovchinnikova are names to watch.

"Olga Ovchinnikova thrilled with her awesome pointe work.The corps de ballet were supreme throughout.We hope for a return for this brilliant company next year." Reading Chronicle

"Grand Pas Classique was a highlight of the lineup as was the Petipa rarity Harlequinade….Paquita brought this entertaining evening to a fizzing close." Mail on Sunday

"The excellent corps, character parts, and orchestral playing have that raw Russian vigour that sends shock waves through the audience." Yorkshire Post

"SPBT is an annual treat worth putting in your diary for next year." Manchester Evening News


"The dancers of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre have a distinct academism of behaviour in the placement of the arms, the carriage of the head, which speaks of diligent Russian schooling and technical accomplishment, yet justify a more artistic end." Balletco website

"Every dancer on the stage was a star with the corps providing a stunning spectacle in the mini ballets Chopiniana and PaquitaWith fabulous costumes, detailed sets and some wonderful dancing this was a fabulous night for any ballet lover." Norwich Eve News


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