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Rachel Papo, Three 2nd class girls, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Three 2nd Class Girls Backstage
Rachel Papo, 6th class boys, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
6th Class Boys
Rachel Papo, Snezhana backstage, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Snezhana Backstage
Rachel Papo, Final cut, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Final Cut
Rachel Papo, Yana backstage, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Yana Backstage
Katya, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Katya
Backstage at the Mariinsky Theater, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Backstage at the Marinsky Theater
Rachel Papo, Ilya, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Ilya
Rachel Papo, Sasha, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Sasha
Rachel Papo, 1st class boys, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
1st Class Boys #16
Rachel Papo, 2nd Class Girls No. 6, St, Petersburg, Russia
2nd Class Girls #6
Rachel Papo, Backstage, Ballet, St Peterburg, Russia
Yana and Yulia Backstage
Rachel Papo, Arina, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Arina
Rachel Papo, Lunch, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Lunch
Rachel Papo, Alexander, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Alexander
Rachel Papo, 1st class boys, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
1st Class Boys #12
Rachel Papo, Ballet class, St Petersburg, Russia
Untitled
Rachel Papo, Two 2nd class boys, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Two 2nd Class Boys
Rachel Papo, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Untitled
Rachel Papo, Ilya backstage, St Petersburg, Russia
Ilya Backstage
Rachel Papo, ilya in mirror, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Ilya in Mirror
Rachel Papo, Svyatoslave backstage, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Svyatoslave Backstage
Rachel Papo, Ballet, St Petersburg, Russia
Untitled
Rachel Papo, Desperately Perfect Exhibition-1
Exhibition Image
Rachel Papo, Desperately Perfect Exhibition 2
Exhibition Image Two
Rachel Papo, Desperately Perfect Exhibition 3
Exhibition Image Three

Desperately Perfect focuses upon students at the renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. From the age of ten until eighteen; twelve hours a day; six days a week; on the barre or in the classroom; students of this school spend the majority of their youth in fierce competition with one another. In their hope for fame, fortune, and a better life, these adolescents strive for a level of perfection that seems always just out of reach.

Rachel Papo, inspired by her own memories of nine years of ballet classes as a child, emphasizes the emotional side of these children’s experience.

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