Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Welcome to the Valery Lantratov Blog

Thank you for visiting our web log. Here you will find information and updates on Valery Lantratov, dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation.

I'm Laura Lee, and I will be updating you regularly on Valery Lantratov's activities and travels.

He has just returned from Cyprus with a successful Nutcracker tour. Valery acted as driector and danced the role of Drosselmeier in the production. He plays the character with a special magic and mischievousness.

I've come across some stories about these performances. Unfortunately, I do not read Greek, but if you do perhaps you will enjoy these.

This one has a pretty picture.

There is even more great news on the horizon. Valery returns to the U.S. on Saturday, January 6. We have an exciting and busy schedule slated for him. He will be teaching in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. We may even get to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin-- stay tuned!

Valery had a wonderful time teaching in the U.S. this summer and fall. We only wish we had done a better job recording our journey with a travelog and photos. We have to make due with photos like this one from the Mary Kay Manning Dance Studio in Ohio. (If you hosted a class with Valery Lantratov and took photos, we'd love to see them. Send to and let us know if we can post them here.)

Hopefully we can rectify our lapse this time around. In this blog we will talk about our classes, and post as many pictures and stories as we can from the road. We may even post a few ballet dance tips.

Also, we wanted to let you know about our new book: A Child's Guide to the Ballet. Valery Lantratov was a technical advisor and provided some quotes for the book. (Although I get all the credit on the cover!) It is due out in April and comes packaged with a CD of ballet music. Many of the music tracks were selected by Valery Lantratov. You can listen to the music as you read stories of the great ballets. It's full of colorful illustrations to spark the imagination and more dance trivia than you can shake a stick at. (That is, if you go around shaking sticks at your trivia.) Although it is not due until April, we will be taking advance orders so that you can get a copy with Valery Lantratov's signature, and even a personal dedication, before he goes back to Moscow. (It will be on a bookplate).

We hope to see you on the road this month!