When dreams come true: Gabriel, who is part of the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy

Bulgarian National Television

Bulgarian in one of the oldest ballet schools in the world – “ Vaganova ” in St. Petersburg – what is the story of the ballet dancer Gabriel Stoyanov? One candid interview on national television!





Gabriel’s dream is to dance. From an early age, he was enchanted by the Bulgarian folk dances. He later rediscovered ballet!

I was born in Sofia, I grew up in the village of Dobroslavtsi and I started dancing at the age of five. “My mother took me to the Rosna Kitka folk ensemble, and that’s how my development in the world of dance began,” he recalls.

Krassimira Koldamova – she directs him to ballet.

So after the National Ballet School and the National Academy of Music, Gabriel left for Poland. There is part of a ballet troupe. His talent was quickly noticed, although he began to engage in fine art at a much later age. He has danced in ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Giselle.

“It’s a world where you definitely have to work extremely hard, to prove yourself every day, whether you’re tired, you’re in the mood or not. A world of cruel discipline,” tells Gabriel

“It was quite difficult, I had to work extra, I worked with Russian teachers, also in Bulgaria with Kalina Bogoeva. I took extra lessons. The first month after I met my teacher, he literally put me between two chairs to keep me as stretched as possible. He sat on me, he lifted my legs up, literally all this training in the first month was very important, “the dancer recalls.

After years of hard work, he moved to Switzerland, where he was invited to teach young children. “Switzerland is quite a business-oriented country with a lot of positives, but ballet is definitely the pride of Russia. The state is trying to attract people who can contribute to the development of children, “said Gabriel.

His big dream continues to be connected with the stage of the Bolshoi Theater. “I’m in the studio every day and even if it hurts, I keep going because I think that when a person has an extremely clear goal and dreams and follows it uncompromisingly, there is no way it can’t happen. It takes discipline and a lot of work, ”says Gabriel.

Today he is 27, already speaks four languages, and only a month ago he made a huge step towards the realization of his dream by accepting a doctorate at one of the most prestigious ballet academies in the world – “Vaganova” in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“This is the oldest ballet academy. It has existed for 283 years, created by Empress Anna. And the academy has built a bunch of world luminaries in the ballet world, not only as dancers but also as educators. The method used is the same as 200 years ago, “said Gabriel.

The prestigious academy is named after the ballet master Agripina Vaganova. Ballet dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev and Svetlana Zakharova studied there. The Bulgarian prima ballerina Masha Ilieva also graduated there.

Gabriel’s training is currently online. He can’t wait for the end of the pandemic to attend his lectures on Russian soil and touch his dream.

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