International ballet stars return to Saipan


World-class ballet performers Aleksei Nasadovich and Margarita Rudina perform as the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Princess in the Glushko Academy of Performing Arts’ rendition of The Nutcracker. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The CNMI was treated to, yet again, another extraordinary ballet concert that featured the performance of returning international ballet stars Aleksei Nasadovich and Margarita Rudina.

Over the weekend, the Glushko Academy of Performing Arts and the Performing Arts Society prepared a two-day ballet concert where Glushko Academy students performed their take on the The Nutcracker.

The performance was nothing short of exquisite, leaving the entire audience at the edge of their seats.

What made the performance one for the books was Nasadovich and Rudina’s magnificent take on the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy during the two-night performance.

The pair arrived last Monday, April 2, from an international performance in New York and immediately started practicing for the concert with the Glushko Academy students.

The ballet duo is considered honored artists from Russia and are global award-winning ballet dancers. They are also world-class performers and principal dancers for numerous ballet practices across the globe.

The pair has performed for audiences in Europe, the United States, South America, Asia, and have volunteered their talents to entertain the CNMI community while also mentoring the students at the Glushko Academy.

According to Glushko Academy founder and president Anna Glushko, the duo has been visiting the island for over 10 years and every visit means they give up paid performances and a lavish life in Russia just to teach the academy’s students.

Rudina said that the students performed amazingly, not because of their coaching and mentorship, but because of Glushko who has been an amazing instructor over the years.

Rudina said she and Nasadovish find themselves constantly coming back to the island not just because of the bond she has with Glsuhko, but also because of the warm welcome of the local residents during each performance.

Rudina wants to encourage every ballet student in the Glushko Academy to continue ballet dancing because it can open opportunities that one could only dream of.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at

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