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Essential clips: Ivan Vasiliev

Ivan Vasiliev is surely the most talked about young ballet dancer in the world. A principal with the Bolshoi, he is renowned for his raw power, astonishingly high jump and rugged artistry. There are hundreds of clips of him dancing on YouTube (click here).

I know quite a few parents have come to this site to find clips their sons' teachers can show at school. So I've chosen this clip of Vasiliev because it's just him in a studio in a tracksuit. Very unassuming. Until he starts...

The solo is from Le Corsaire. (I'm lucky to have seen him dance it live and it was the best piece of virtuoso dancing I have ever seen.)

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