We’ve been having a long and fruitful discussion about the acid-tongued YouTube vlogger RussianBalletVideos. One of the issues this person seems to have is a strong prejudice for Maryinsky dancers who spent their full 8 to 9 years of training in the Vaganova Academy — so much so that he finds any way he can to use less than a total Vaganova Academy education against his less-than-favorite dancers (right now, those are Oxana Skorik and Keenan Kampa, but he has other victims as well).
A quick search of the Maryinsky website reveals something interesting: roughly a quarter of the female (and maybe up to — or more than — half the male) soloists are not Vaganova Academy trained. One of the female principals was also trained elsewhere. Didn’t look at the bios of the male principals, though.
No comment this time. Just thought it would be interesting to throw this out there.