Ksenia Zhiganshina of Vaganova Ballet Academy. Photo by Stas Levshin.
Though still a Vaganova student, Zhiganshina already has a coveted place on the Mariinsky Ballet roster. Yuri Fateyev can spot talent. Walking into the Vaganova Ballet Academy some three years ago to scout its best students, one girl in particular stood out among her peers. She was exceptional in her technique, style and comportment.