Art, Drawings

Art Forms

This series of sketches is dedicated to my favorite art forms:


Art form – Culinary art
Art form – song writing and performing
Art form – dance, Argentine tango
Art form – Music
Art form – floristics



Art form – Architecture

Art, Photography

Hi, October 2016!


The First Impressions of Each Month Photo Series: October edition!

My October started off with a rain, an early rise, and a teaching session.

Afternoon and evening were charged with positive energy and lots of work related to performing and rehearsing for the Little Mermaid Show (refer here: )

The day ended off with pretty flowers, browsing the streets of Toronto filled with Nuit Blanche sights and tasting awesome local food.


Art, Dance and acting

The Little Mermaid Production And What We Learned From It!


This weekend I took part in Merey Ismailova’s Theatre of Dance production of the Little Mermaid (  If I had to pick just one thing I learned from being a part of the Russian Student Association Dance Group and working with Merey, it would be the fact that you don’t have to be an official professional to have a professional attitude towards anything you are doing.

One thing that our choreographer Merey always emphasized was professionalism. None of the people in the Russian Student Association Dance Group are professional dancers. We do not have a formal post secondary training in choreography, we do not perform to make our living. All of us have our own day jobs.  Some of us have learned various styles of dance before, others joined in without any previous training at all.  However, Merey has always been setting high expectations for us in terms of being professional about dance. Continue reading “The Little Mermaid Production And What We Learned From It!”

Art, Dance and acting

Dancing with RSA – the Blue Lantern show


This May the Russian Student Association performed two dances before the Blue Lantern Show by Merey Ismailova. It was such a pleasure be a part of the show and to prepare for it.

See the upbeat dance by RSA that opened the show here:


and a romantic dance here:


For more excerpts from the show and videos of rehearsals see the Youtube channel of our choreographer Merey Ismailova:


Photos are here:


Thank you, everyone for coming to the show



Lifestyle, Reviews: books and art events

Collected Curiosities: Darwin, Banksy, Tstar Nicholas II, etc

 Darwin said that men endowed with mathematical talent “seem to have an extra sense” (Lecture at the Fields Institute)
Banksy trouble:
According to a group of my friends I was the last person (if not on the entire Earth, than in North America:)) who did not know the name of a graffiti artist Banksy. When they told me that he is famous for hiding his identity I asked why he does that and if anyone asks him to reveal his identity.  Asking that was a big mistake.  Not only my friends got upset, but I also did not get the answer to my question.  If there is anyone else who did not know about Banksy, here is his website
Tango was brought to Paris in the 1910’s by rich Argentinian young men who toured Europe and actively participated in Paris’ night life. Soon tango became so popular that there were tango lectures, tea parties, exhibitions, etc. (Tango! : the dance, the song, the story by Collier)
Stravinsky wrote the first act of “Petrushka” ballet in an attic of a small house near a hospital where his wife was placed before the birth of their son. (Stravinsky by B. Yarustovsky)
Russian tsar Nicolas II likely was the first monarch who saw tango being danced. He even liked it! (Tango! : the dance, the song, the story by Collier)
Apparently soap is the most recommended souvenir to buy in Marselles, France. (internet)
Robert Hooke convinced his contemporaries that ‘minute bodies’ (very small organisms and very small things in general) are capable of having complex structure.  In his book Micrographia (1665) he illustrated that a flies have 360 degree field of vision as well as many other intricacies of small organisms and plants. His work was especially impressive because before the seventeenth century smallness was considered an obstacle to having a complex structure. (Micrographia by Robert Hooke)