Marinsky ballet marks 50 years
13 August 2011 Last updated at 11:08 BST
For many it is the finest Ballet company in the world. Now the Marinsky Company from St Petersburg is celebrating its 50th anniversary of performing at London's Covent Garden.
Anastasia Uspenskaya from the BBC's Russian Service was given access to rehearsals and backstage and met prima ballerinas across the generations.