Sergei Semak and the Zenit players have a ballet lesson at the Mikhailovsky Theatre
The Zenit manager with Vychaslav Karavaev, Alexander Erokhin and players from the Gazprom Academy had a lesson with the Mikhailovsky Theatre's Ivan Vasiliev.
Sergei Semak told us: “I often go to the ballet and I really liked Swan Lake with Ulyana Lopatkina, I like Diana Vishneva too, plus I like all the historical and legendary dancers I've only seen on TV. Russian ballet is something special and one of the things we lead the world in. I often go to the ballet with my children and they frequently ask me when are we going again? Some watch it very carefully and some my children not so much, but they all want to go to the theatre. Some want to go for the ballet, and some for the buffet!"
Vyacheslav Karavaev said: “This is the first time I've visited this type of event and I've really enjoyed it. I've learned something new and their warm-up is quite similar to our football ones and the stretching too. Ballet dancers really work hard and have to endure so much to be top class in their field. I'm not sure us footballers could get through their warm-up! I've been to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and watched Giselle and Swan Lake before, and really enjoyed it, and now I'm looking forward to going to see a show from the Mikhailovsky Theatre"
Alexander Erokhin thanked the Mikhailovsky Theatre and praised Russian ballet: “Many thanks to everyone at the theatre for inviting us. It was very interesting and informative to get to look behind the scenes and see how they train. Russian ballet is the most famous in the whole world, and the production values and music was very inspiring. It was a great place to come and relax and enjoy ourselves."