Discovering the World

Through The Eyes Of A Soviet Dancer

The Beryozka Dance Ensemble—Beryozka means “little birch tree”—is a troupe of dancers founded in 1948 by Russian choreographer and dancer Nadezhda Nadezhdina. The dancers are famous for their energetic and masterful dances enhanced by beautiful traditional costumes.

The Beryozka Dance Ensemble has performed in more than sixty countries. Leonid Shagalov worked with the company for fifteen years and visited more than 35 countries, but there are more than enough memories from those experiences to share in this book! He looks forward to sharing the most dramatic and the most memorable stories in the life of Beryozka.