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Backstage, Swan Lake, Cairo Opera House dress rehearsals


Shusha's class at the Ballet Academy's temporary home


Hosni Mubarak, as well as building bridges, also supported the State Ballet


Aleya Abdel Razek remembers her time as the swan queen

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Security is tight backstage at the Opera House, directed by army officers


Stress position, a punishment for forgotten dance steps





Winter storm in Alexandria, home of Egypts oldest surviving Opera House

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Hani Hassan, prima dancer, with his students





Prima ballerina Ekaterina left the USSR for Egypt, and stayed




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Childrens duet. It takes 9 years to make a ballerina





The old ballet academy


Ballet school roof. Do you know hip hop?

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MiG 21, another relic of Egyptian-Soviet ties


Opera House Studio. Not everyone is chosen for the Opera House Company


Many Egyptian dancers stop dancing after marriage, so the Company uses some foreign ballerinas


The late Abdel Moneim Kamel, former student of the Bolshoi and ex-chairman of the opera house

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