British ballerina set to graduate from Bolshoi

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) BRITISH BALLERINA, RACHEL ARMSTRONG, SAYING:

"Hello, my name is Rachel. I love ballet very much and I've been studying at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy for three years now."

Rachel Armstrong has trained at Russia's renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy

She's among the few British dancers

to ever graduate from the prestigious institution

Location: Moscow, Russia

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BALLERINA, RACHEL ARMSTRONG, SAYING:

"We start class at nine. And then after class usually we have a break and then some educational subjects: we have Russian, we have Teaching, we have Psychology and other subjects. They would go till about 6.30 at night. So it was pretty tiring but I enjoyed it.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BALLERINA, RACHEL ARMSTRONG, SAYING:

"My final ballet exam. It was kind of a blur, the exam. But at the end, there was all the emotions from the whole of these three years altogether. It was a lot to take in in one moment. I will never forget that feeling when I was finished. It was relief and sadness and kind of not knowing what's coming next."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BALLERINA, RACHEL ARMSTRONG, SAYING:"So my plans are to go back home and see my family, cause I haven't seen them in a year. And I am going to audition in different countries, because I want to travel and experience different styles of ballet. And once I have the experience I have to return to Russia and dance in a really good theatre."

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