Russian cadets stepped out in their glamorous finery for the annual Kremlin Cadet Ball in Moscow today.
Girls donned puff-sleeved classical dresses on the arm of Russia's soldiers of tomorrow in the event which takes the country's hopefuls for a step back in time - giving the students a taste of Tsarist Russia's grandeur and prestige.
This year's ball, was held in the fitting location of the Victory Museum which is dedicated to the Great Patriotic War.
Girls twirled in vibrant satin dresses among the historic artefacts while the male military students pulled them in at the waist as they performed classical Russian dance.
They paid tribute to the lavish dances of the Tsar Nicholas II's Russia in the Debutante-style event while wearing pastel-coloured gowns similar to the Romanov family's Empress dresses.
But behind the scenes, the girls hurry to get their hair pinned for their grand entrance and are forbidden from wearing red lipstick as the group's teachers have been known to tell the cadets that they 'should be girly, not womanly'.
Attendees at today's soirée included children from the Suvorov military schools and the Nakhimov Naval School in Russia.
More than 1,800 cadets attended the impressive event last year - and it was held for two consecutive years at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow.
Young Russian girls line up and take the hand of the country's soldiers of tomorrow - who appear to be looking pleased with themselves. They don puff-sleeved ivory white dresses which perfectly hug their petite frames as they step forward in the Victory Museum in Moscow, today
A girl twirls in a violet satin dress while clutching her partner's shoulder and sharing a smirk during the historic event which pays tribute to the lavish dances of the Tsarist Russia in the Debutante-style event. Others spin holding material in a sublime and synchronised dance routine
Young Cadet girls cut an elegant figure and poise perfectly as their dance partner's hold out their hand and let them gracefully lean into the Tsarist-style dance. Meanwhile others from the group watch on and line the museum walls in their tuille dresses
A pair of young boys have a breather from the dancing and share a joke with two girls, pictured wearing pretty flowers in their hair and a dusty-pink ballgown, during the annual event
The group wait patiently for their turn to dance in the event which attracts youth from all over Russia and gives them the opportunity to meet and talk with war veterans and heroes of the Soviet Union. They appear sleek in pastel-coloured dresses which appear similar to the Romanov family's Empress dresses in Russia
But behind the scenes, the Cadet Ball can be mayhem with teachers calling out orders and frantically trying to get their hair braided in time (pictured). Cadets as young as eight can be recruited but appear older in their flamboyant outfits
Breathtaking: A young girl stands perfectly poised in a Renaissance style dress embroided with miniature purple flowers, and confidently steps out for her performance
Patriotic pride underlies the ball and young girls use sheets of material as props for their elegant dance. The museum was transformed into masterful synchronised dance from Russia's brightest young people, in Moscow today
Bustling! Girls step out in ballerina-style shoes and white ballrooms which pay homage to a bygone era while clasping their partner's hand in long gloves. It appears perfectly orchestrated as others follow a routine next to the spectacle of white
Lady-like: Girls patiently wait their turn and stand in their colour-co-ordinated groups. Some wear sleek ivory-white gowns with plunging necks that bear similarity to the attire of the Imperial Family in 1913, Russia. The Romanov sisters wore simply elegant pearl necklaces and the girls mimic this and their dazzling tiaras