Wednesday, July 4, 2007

And We're Off

Happy Independence Day!

Valery Lantratov and I watched the fireworks early because this will be our first travel day and then two months of teaching begins.

For the past few days Valery has been preparing materials for his class. If you've participated in one of his classes before, you'll find that this is an entirely new experience. We have all new music and he has prepared a special fun class for the littlest aspiring ballerinas.

We're especially pleased to have music for class with themes from great ballets like Romeo and Juliet and Giselle. This ties in very well with our book A Child's Introduction to Ballet (which you can buy by clicking on the link to the right, plug, plug.) The book, which is geared towards readers around age 8-10, comes with a CD with excerpts from many of the ballets featured in the book. A child can read about Swan Lake while listening to Tchaikovsky's music, for example.

Our first class in Garrett, Indiana, will be combined with a book signing. I believe that Patricia Krus is offering a special price that includes a book and the class with Valery Lantratov. We love this idea. Now a student can get the book, read about the history of ballet and the stories of great ballets and then hear more music from these ballets while taking class.

If you're hosting a class with Valery Lantratov and would like to do a book signing as well, please let us know as soon as possible so we know how many books to take with us. Once we're on the road in August, we won't be back to our home base at all until the end of the tour.

We also still have a few open dates in our schedule in August. We have dates available in the Harrisburg/Allentown, PA area; Richmond, VA; Washington D.C./Baltimore and the Triangle region of North Carolina. If you would like to suggest a studio in this area that might have an interest in booking Valery Lantratov, please send it to

We'll see you on the road!