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When did you start dancing?
When I was 7 years old.

Why did you start dancing?
Because my Mum, Dad and sister are principal dancers, and also because I love the ballet artform.

Vadim Muntagirov copyright Dasa WhartonSaveWhen did you start dancing?
When I was 7 years old.

Why did you start dancing?
Because my Mum, Dad and sister are principal dancers, and also because I love the ballet artform.

Which dancer inspired you most as a child?
I watched lots of videos of Baryshnikov, Nureyev, Lavrovsky, Vladimir Vassiliev, Bujones and many others.

Which dancer do you most admire?
Many! Especially from ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

What’s your favourite role?
I enjoyed dancing Romeo with Daria Klimentova. Songs of a Wayfarer. Swan Lake. Bayadere.

What role have you never played but would like to?
Le Corsaire, but it will happen soon! Spartacus. Laurencia.

What’s your favourite ballet to watch?
I don’t have time to see many shows, but when I have, I enjoy almost any.

Who is your favourite choreographer?
I admire Nureyev, but his choreography is very hard. But if you get it, all his steps make sense.

Who is your favourite actor?
I don’t really have favourite actor, but I love to watch films. Especially horror films!

Who is your favourite singer?
I like Pavarotti, but I listen lots of different music.

What is your favourite book?
Robinson Crusoe.

Vadim Muntagirov with father by Daria KlimentovaSave
Vadim Muntagirov with his father by Daria Klimentova
Which is your favourite city?
Cape Town: one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

What do you like most about yourself?
I like that, usually, if I want to achieve something or get something – I do everything possible to get it.

What do you dislike about yourself?
I don’t like the fact that I can’t push myself to do the dishes.

What was your proudest moment?
I’m proud when my parents are proud of me.

When and where were you happiest?
When I have my parents with me, good friends, and somewhere close to nature.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I love my family… the rest is my secret!

What is your greatest fear?
Sometimes I’m afraid to go and dance in new places, but then later you realise its nothing to be scared of, and you enjoy it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would like to be tall like a basketball player 🙂

Vadim Muntagirov © Daria Klimentova 4Save
Vadim Muntagirov being blown away © Daria Klimentova
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’m not stopping to achieve anything. For me is nothing enough.

On what occasion do you lie?
Tricky question 🙂 I don’t really lie, but I use to lie a lot to my mum when I didn’t want to go to school.

If you hadn’t been a dancer what would you have liked to be?
I would definitely like to be basketball player. I love basketball, my favourite sport. I always follow and watch the NBA games.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I will let people to decide that, not me.

What quality do you most value in a friend?
When I can get support, be honest, and laugh with this person.

Which living person do you most admire?
Sergei Vikulov. He was a great dancer, and what I admire is that he is a great teacher too, who is trying to help with all his heart. We have less and less teachers like that.

What do you most dislike?
I don’t like when people are not honest and lie.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
To enjoy life, enjoy what you have, and enjoy what you do.

How would you like to die?
Somewhere close to nature where there is not much civilisation

What is your motto?
Be nice.