Shout-Out Sunday No. 7 – From Russia with Love, An American Breaking Barriers

The Shout-Out Sunday offering for today, 16 February 2014 is:

An Interview with David Hallberg by Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio.

This is an “…interview with David Hallberg on the Bolshoi and life in Russia. From the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Jian speaks with David about what it’s like to be the first American principal dancer at the famed Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and how he feels about the changing political climate in the country.”

The interview lasts just over 16 minutes and reveals a young man who is worth knowing about. I was so impressed with his maturity, thoughtfulness, intelligence, and work ethic. I just happened on this interview the other night on radio and was mesmerized by his presentation and spirit. You will learn about what brought him to ballet (he really wanted to be a tap dancer!), and just how important his being added to the Bolshoi really is – after hundreds of years of Russian ballet being only for Russians previously. He has made history and is to be commended on his life’s work.

Below, “First American premier dancer in the Bolshoi,” an interview by Martha Teichner:

Below, “Hallberg at Work” by Eric K. Yue:

Below, David Hallberg 16 years old at the Paris Opera School Audition:

And last but not least, see David dance, “Lost Illusions” at the Bolshoi in Moscow:

There are many more videos available of David dancing so enjoy these few that I have given you here. I sing his praises on this Shout-Out Sunday journal entry and hope you enjoy listening to David as well as watching an amazing ballet dancer at work.

Have a great Sunday everyone. We are digging out of yet more snow that fell all day yesterday and evening, so what else is new?

Cheers for the wonderful artistes of the world!


It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

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3 Responses to Shout-Out Sunday No. 7 – From Russia with Love, An American Breaking Barriers

  1. Such a graceful thing to watch! Best luck with that weather!


  2. Sandy Freel says:

    WOW..another WOW,
    This is wonderful today..getting a cuppa and will view all of them.
    Huge thanks


  3. mz. em says:

    Ooh, I just love ballet. Thanks for these links. Watching the skating in the Olympics it was said that the skaters use a lot of ballet positions in their performances. Gosh, they make it look so easy.


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