Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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We’re going to be adding audio interviews, video content and answers to your questions. This means we need you to send your questions. Want to ask Valery Lantratov what it was like to work with Ruldof Nureyev? Has he ever had a wardrobe malfunction? Is it hard to lift a ballerina over your head? Or maybe you have a serious question about technique to ask. Please send to he will answer some of your questions in upcoming posts.

We’d like this space to be more interactive. There is space to post your comments, and we’d like to hear from you. Also, if you have photos or video from Valery Lantratov’s past visits, we would love to see them and may even post some of them here. So far we’ve come across one snippet of a class with Valery on You Tube. It is tantilizingly brief.

We know we saw more video cameras out there! What did you shoot?

Have you gotten your copy of A Child’s Introduction to Ballet yet? We still have copies of the stickers with Valery Lantratov’s signature. Order directly from us and we’ll send you a copy signed by the author (me) and Valery Lantratov. (Ignore the part that says you have to order by February 14. We just haven't updated the page yet)

If you do have a copy, we hope you’ll consider posting a review on No one has given us any feedback yet, and we’d like to see it—especially if you enjoyed it!

New Classes Added:

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be returning to Dance Excel in Gary, IN on July 10 at 6PM. We had a wonderful time at this spacious and lively studio this winter. I still wear the Dance Excel t-shirt sometimes! Thanks for inviting us back.

This week in Dance History:

June 1, 1995: Former ballerina Prudence Hyman passed away at the age of 81. She appeared in a 1931 film version of the ballet Les Sylphides. Later, after World War II, she retired from ballet and switched to performing in stage musicals and films including the horror film The Gorgon.

June 2 1909- Michel Fokine demonstrated that ballet could be beautifully abstract when his Les Sylphides was presented by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris.

June 3 1906- Josephine Baker, the dancer and singer that Ernest Hemingway once called "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw,” was born.

June 4 1910- Choreographed by Michel Fokine to the symphonic poem by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with design by Leon Bakst, Scheherazade received its world premiere by the Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev at the Theatre National de l'Opera, Paris. With its narrative based on the first tale of the Thousand and One Nights, this exotic ballet exemplified Fokine's revolutionary integration of theme with dance, music and design. Here is a clip of the Marinskii (Kirov) ballet's production of Scheherazade.

June 5 1919- La Boutique Fantasque made its London debut at the Alhambra Theatre featuring Lydia Lopokova. "I have never heard a theater resound to greater applause," wrote C.W. Beaumont in Fanfare.

June 6, 1898- Dame Ninette de Valois founder of the Royal Ballet was born. A one time dancer with the Ballet Russes, she retired at age 28 to promote ballet throughout Europe. She was almost singlehandedly responsible for British ballet.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!