Ballet Bistro

Backstage Restaurant
18/10 Teatralnaya Ploshchad
St Petersburg, Russia

This restaurant, literally a few steps from the Mariinsky Opera House, entirely recreates the atmosphere of the theatre in all its details.
The restaurant is so thoroughly steeped in the spirit of the theatre that you feel you are part of a ritual. The old piano in the corner conjures up images of Tatyana Larina from Eugene Onegin and Liza from The Queen of Spades. The Egyptian statues that gaze down impassively down on the proceedings probably remember hundreds of staging of Aida. There are shields, swords, and candelabra — and a fully operational ballet “bar.” All these theatrical props blend perfectly with the exquisite table settings and the modern cuisine.
There is a popular belief that objects retain part of the souls of people that have touched them. It is impossible not to feel a thrill when treading boards where Kshesinskaya and Pavlova performed their leaps or looking at yourself in old mirrors that might still preserve traces of the reflections of Sobinov and Shaliapin. One of the great tenors of modern times, Placido Domingo, has also graced this place with his presence, leaving his autograph in one of the windows. It is said that he was also impressed by the local cuisine.
The menu fuses French and Russian influences. Venison Carpaccio and créme lobster soup with cognac make good overtures for beluga fillet baked with mushrooms and béchamel sauce or grilled salmon with caviar sauce. All in all, this is a great choice for a post-theatre dinner. Average bill is $100, credit cards are accepted. Reservations are essential.

Tea and Tutu's

A perfect excuse for tea with friends... 

With lovely linens and your favorite china...

A magnificent dessert named for a most magnificent Russian ballerina.  As light and elegant as her perfect pirouette...this dessert is believed to have been created for the prima ballerina on her tour to New Zealand or Australia.  While there has been endless discussion about which country deserves credit, there is no argument about this extraordinary desert: it will wow your guests!  

Berries Pavlova
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pint heavy cream
strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

1.     Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment paper.
2.     In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add in the sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick and glossy. Gently fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and cornstarch.
3.     Spoon mixture inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper. Working from the center, spread mixture toward the outside edge, building edge slightly. This should leave a slight depression in the center.
4.     Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
5.     In a small bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. Remove the parchment paper from meringue. 
6.     Wash/rinse fruit and slice strawberries (approximately one cup). Sprinkle berries with two tablespoons of powdered sugar and gently mix. Fill the center of the meringue with whipped cream, and top with berries. 



A rare peek at ballerina street style.  Looking as fabulous off the stage as they do on the stage, who would know this stunning trio of very happy mothers are all highly accomplished ballerinas. 

Irina Perren, Viktoria Tereshkina and Anastasia Matvienko with their beautiful daughters during the St.Petersburg-Savonlinna Ballet Days organized by DANCE OPEN. Photo: Stas Levshin


House of Dior
 "Cygne Noir"

Fall Winter Collection 1949-1950

...from the stage in St. Petersburg to the runway in Paris:


The Museum at FIT: Dance and Fashion

Dance & Fashion
Special Exhibitions Gallery
September 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015

MFIT's upcoming exhibition Dance & Fashion is a stunning exploration of the relationship between these two embodied art forms. Organized by the museum’s director, Dr. Valerie Steele, and set in a dramatic mise-en-scène created by architect Kim Ackert, Dance & Fashion features nearly 100 dance costumes and dance-inspired fashions, ranging from the 19th century to the present, many of which have never been exhibited.

The Museum at FIT
7th Ave, New York, NY 10001
(212) 217-4300

Diana Vishneva: Beauty and the Bun

Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva on making a perfect chignon...

Brush the hair to make it smooth. Gather the hair into a ponytail, making sure that no stray hairs are left out. The position of the ponytail determines where you will have your bun. Secure the ponytail with an elastic band. Twist the ponytail tightly into a rope, this part is crucial, and wrap it around the base, then fix with hair spray or bobby pins. A hairnet may be also used to cover the bun to make it firmer. Finish with hairspray.

Fashion Minister spreads the word | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Alexandre Vassiliev is an artist, author, set and costume designer, television personality and curator of largest private couture collection in the world.  He also happens to own it.  Foremost, he is a fashion historian with an unparalleled wealth of experience.  As a teenager, Mr. Vassiliev worked for various costume departments in Russian theater companies where his passion for the historical perspective of fashion emerged.  His world class exhibitions have appeared in numerous cities including Moscow, Paris and Venice.  Perhaps this legendary collection is destined to arrive in the United States...

Fashion Minister spreads the word | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Ballet Twirls Birthday Girls!

Maria Alexandrova    July 20
Anastasia Kolegova  February 9
Elena Kotsubira    July 4
Svetalana Lunkina    July 29
Yulia Makhalina    June 23
Anastasia Matvienko  Septemer 2
Yevgenia Obraztsova    January 18
Natalia Osipova    May 18
Daria Pavlenko    November 19
Irina Perren  February 23
Alina Somova    October 22
Diana Vishneva    July 13
Anastasia Volochkova    January 20
Svetlana Zakharova    June 10

A champagne toast to the leading ladies of The Russian Ballet!

To happiness!  
За счастье  
za schast’-ye)


Creating a collection of cosmetic brushes celebrating the legendary style of The Russian Ballet required meticulous attention to each and every detail.  The Russian Ballet defines sophisitication and culture.  Refinement, elegance and a classic approach to beauty are as timeless as the ballet itself.  Russian women  walk gracefully on icy sidewalks in four inch heels.  They invest wisely in beauty products and favor luxury to trends.
The largest brush in the collection, la poudre, is a generous powder brush hand assembled with luxurious cashmere fibers.  The sable blush brush, designed to gently caress the finely chiselled cheeks of an ethereal ballerina. The delicate squirrel eye brushes apply drama for center stage or provocotive, smoky eyes  for an intimate glass of champagne after the performance.  A tiny brush of boar to detail the eyebrows will smooth or add color.

Collection de Ballet is worthy of Pavlova's vanity; placed in a chic black clutch Anna Karenina might have carried on the train ride from St. Petersburg to Moscow.  It was Tolstoy who wrote that "true life is lived when tiny changes occur"; and with the final sweep of a brush a work of art is complete.

available at:

Russian Pointe Dance Boutique
333 North Michigan Ave. #222
Chicago, IL 60601

"I don't eat ice cream now."

Anastasia Volochkova
Prima Ballerina
Bolshoi Ballet 1998-2005


In 1966 Tanaquil Le Clercq simultaneously published a book and shattered a myth.  The Ballet Cook Book is an exquisite collection of favorite recipes of some of the most celebrated ballerinas in history.  From Russian Style Cutlets to Champagne Sherbet this superb book also shares an intimate peek into the fascinating personal lives of the ballet superstars who enthusiastically shared their treasured recipes along with more than 250 photos.  This out of print book is a rare gem, a brilliant read, and proof that ballerinas love to eat. 

The Hermitage Ballet

There is a profound beauty that is unique to The Russian Ballet. Startlingly rich in culture and history, this extraordinary elegance inspired a ten piece collection of makeup brushes; Collection de Ballet. The limited edition collection was presented to the soloists of The Hermitage Ballet (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2008 when they toured the southern United States. After a gala performance in Savannah during which "The Dying Swan" brought the entire audience to a standing ovation, the ballerinas attended a private cocktail reception. Soloists were each presented with Collection de Ballet. The ten brushes were carefully arranged in a chic black pouch tied together with French gross grain ribbon.  The couture style clutch was designed exclusively for the special edition set. The brushes are hand assembled in France with Kolinsky sable, squirrel and cashmere. They are refined, elegant and of the highest standard; just as The Russian Ballet.  Appropos given the historical connection of Russians to Paris. 

The legendary style of The Russian Ballet continues to influence literature, art and fashion.


"Everyone is beautiful at the ballet...."   

a chorus line