Friday, February 16, 2007

Day 38: Valentine's Day and Goodbyes

What can we say about the last class on an educational tour that lasted more than a month? Thank you to Karen Milligan at the Milligan School of Ballet in Dearborn Heights for inviting us and filling one of our last minute slots.

Karen traveled to Russia in 1990 and saw a rehearsal of the Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater's ballet company, known here as the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet. Although we never figured it out for sure, there's a good chance she would have seen Valery Lantratov rehearsing for a production at that time.

We had a very warm welcome at the Milligan School, and we'd like to thank the student who shared homemade heart-shaped brownies with us. It was a great way to wrap up a successful tour.

By now, Valery is back in Moscow. Without any time to shake off the jet lag, he is back to work rehearsing with Moscow theaters. Fortunately for us in America, he will be back, and I am already at work putting the final touches on a schedule for his return in summer. We hope to see many old friends and to make some new ones. We'll be visiting a few new states and coming back to as many of the old favorites as time and scheduling will allow.

If we came to your studio, and you'd like to see Valery again, e-mail me at so we can get you on the summer schedule.

Also, stay tuned for news about a ballet performance which Double V Promotions is producing next month in Supply, North Carolina. Even though Valery is at home in Russia, we'll keep posting news and messages as we have them.