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15 ноября в великолепном бальном зале гостиницы The Grosvenor House с необыкновенным успехом прошел 3-й Русский Бал Дебютантов. Более 600 гостей съехалось на бал, чтобы насладиться не только необыкновенно трогательным выступлением юных дебютантов бала, но и концертом профессиональных исполнителей. В программу вечера вошли выступление примы-балерины Большого Театра Евгении Образцовой, симфонического оркестра Русские виртуозы Европы под управлением дирижера Феликса Коробова.


a Dazzling and Joyous Society Event attended by Admiral Lord West

HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor

and Princess Olga Romanoff

The Russian Debutante Ball, that took place 15th November at The Grosvenor House, undoubtedly brightened London’s grey November skies and lifted some of the gloom in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

It was a joyous and glamorous occasion, where sixty debutantes and their partners, swept down the majestic stairs of the Great Ballroom, to perform the opening ceremony – choreographed by the Russian dance master Leonid Pletnev, Honorary President of the International Dance Union.

The 650 guests were treated to a dazzling performance by the Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre, Evgenia Obraztsova, who was greeted on stage by HRH Princess Michael of Kent andPrincess Olga Romanoff – captured in a historic photo standing together next to the ballerina.

Fine Bordeaux wines specially imported form the vineyards of the Honorary Consul of Russia in Biarritz accompanied the gourmet dinner, as did generous shots of Ivan The Terrible vodka.

The happy and relaxed atmosphere set the tone for the evening, with Admiral Lord West – former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office – and Lady West joining the guests and the giggling debutantes on the dance floor.

Diamonds and tiaras bought on amazon mixed with ease. While sponsors Piaget complemented Princess Olga’s simple but elegant black dress with a splash of £250,000 worth of diamonds, some of the debs were proud to show off their tiaras purchased at a mere £15 on amazon.

 Indeed the mission of Elisabeth Smagin-Melloni, CEO of ESM event management company, who has been organizing the most spectacular balls around Europe and Russia for the past twelve years, is to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, united in their shared appreciation of music and the performing arts. She can be credited with having revolutionized the charity ball scene in London, by bringing events that offer added entertainment by world class artists, such as the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre, the symphony orchestra Russian Virtuosi of Europe under the baton of multiple award winning conductor Felix Korobov, XS Latin Formation dance group – a record breaking six times winner of the British National Championship – and the Len Phillips Big Band swing orchestra, with players who have worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey.

Gleb Savchenko, professional dancer on the most popular BBC TV programme Strictly Come Dancingalso attended, together with his wife Elena Samadova, head judge on the same TV programme in Russia.

During the champagne reception prior to the ball, HRH Princess Michael of Kent signed copies of her books “Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides” now translated into Russian, andQuicksilver, the final volume of her Anjou Trilogy.

The Princess donated copies of her signed books for the benefit of the ball’s charity partners Chance for Life, while the prima ballerina gave a pair of her signed ballet shoes to raise further funds for the charity that provides care for disadvantaged children in Russian orphanages – www.chanceforlife.co.ukRegistration no 1142753

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