Friday, November 9, 2007

News from the World of Dance

Igor Moiseyev, a legendary Russian choreographer who fused ballet with folk dance, passed away on November 2 at the age of 101 and was buried Wednesday in Moscow's most celebrated cemetery.

He was born in Kiev on January 21, 1906, and formed the "Moiseyev Ballet" in Moscow at the height of Stalin's purges after several years dancing for the Bolshoi Ballet. His company was the first to tour internationally, even before the Bolshoi Ballet.

You may watch a BBC feature on the great choreographer by clicking on the link.

In his honor we share the following clips:

Also in the news...

With our classical ballet educational tours, we are, of course, committed to helping students become better dancers. But until recently we were not fully aware of the consequences of dancing when don't know what you're doing.

The first hint that something was wrong came in April when a Chicago woman sued her boss's husband for "negligent dancing." She says he dropped her on her head after flipping her into the air at an office party.

Today we read the story of the "dancing dentist" who was sued for dancing while drilling. The dentist was breaking the monotony of another day of work at a community health center in Syracuse by listening to the radio. And when "Car Wash" comes on, let's face it, you have just got to move. There was, unfortunately, the small matter of drilling his patients tooth to consider. Focusing a bit too much on his fancy footwork, the good doctor soon found that the drill bit had snapped off and lodged near the patient's eye, the lawsuit alleges.

The moral is if you're going to dance, be sure you know what you're doing...