All the young star dancers are masters of the virtuoso Vaganova ballet technique and they are now either dancing in Russia, are of Russian descent or formerly based and educated in previous Soviet Republics associated with the Russian Federation. Some still dance in Russia with the famed Mariinsky and Bolshoi ballets; some are stars in other companies.
The Bolshoi Ballet, Marinsky Ballet, and Ukrainian National Ballet are the cornerstones for classical ballet dancing. All companies are based in Russia where the gems of classical ballet-Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, among others-came from. These three ballet companies remain to be the best in the world.