Wednesday, June 20, 2007

We Already Have a Russian

So I'm going to grumble a little bit here about one of my petty annoyances when booking classes for Valery Lantratov.

From time to time I speak to a studio owner who says rather dismissively, "We already have a Russian, thank you."

Now, not to disparage any Russian teachers in the U.S., but when scheduling instruction the dance credentials seem as though they might be more important than the geographic credentials.
I'm imagining calling a studio and saying, "I have a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet or Houston Ballet or ABT who is available to teach a master class," and having them reply, "We already have an American, thank you."

Such are the petty problems of a ballet manager. Let's get on to the fun stuff:

Here are our latest confirmed classes.

August 13: Artistic Motion School of Dance at the Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, NC. We'll be doing two classes. Time to be confirmed.

August 17-19: Beckley Dance Theater (pictured above). We will be teaching three days of classes geared to three levels.

As always, check our calendar for our entire schedule.

News from the World of Ballet

The latest ballet headline concerns a 14-year old prodigy from England whose composition is making its debut in Moscow. Alex Prior' s Mowgli based on Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book has been getting a lot of international attention. It premieres at Moscow's New Opera Theater. The work will also be performed at the Kremlin and the Bolshoi theatre, before touring internationally. You can read more about it on the BBC's web page by clicking on the link above.