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Essential clips: Ivan Putrov aged 15

Ivan Putrov is a principal with the Royal Ballet, London. He grew up in the Ukraine where both his parents were dancers, starting his training aged 10:
"I was born into a ballet family so for me it was normal: if a kid grows up in the countryside, he thinks everyone's a farmer. For me, I thought everyone worked in ballet."
He won first prize at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne in 1996 and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. On graduating, he turned down a principal's contract with the Kiev Ballet, preferring to start on the lowest rung as an artist at the Royal Ballet and work his way up. He was made a principal in 2002. (Here is an article about Putrov from 2002.)

This is part of his winning performance from the Prix de Lausanne in 1996 when he was just 15 years old. (I believe it is a piece from Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.)



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