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Wednesday, 17th July 2013
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Tokyo ballerina to join renowned Russian school

A ballerina from Tokyo has realised her dream of joining a Russian ballet school after training with an instructor from the republic.

Although Kumiko Ishii only began dancing when she was in the second-grade at primary school, she clearly had a natural talent which has now led her to win a place at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet.

In addition to her tuition from a Russian instructor, who she took on when she reached fifth grade, she studied DVDs of the troupe and felt that she "could show [her] ballet beautifully if [she] danced the way they did".

Obviously the hours of studying and training have paid off as Kumiko is to become the first ever Japanese dancer to join the world-renowned Russian troupe.

The school only began accepting foreign dancers relatively recently and currently has one British and one American dancer among its ranks with Ms Ishii set to become its third regular foreign member.

Written by Mark Smith

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