Tuesday, January 29, 2008

An Infinite Apex


Infinity is defined as time without end, and the Apex is the highest point, so some inspiring words make up the name of Infinity Ballet in Apex, North Carolina.

(There are of course the secondary definitions: "a part of a geometric magnitude that lies beyond any part whose distance from a given reference position is finite" and "the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars.")

Let's just say that the level is high, and the reach is great at Infinity Ballet. This was our second visit to Infinity. Our previous visit was one year before and Valery was impressed with the growth of the students, both physically and in their level of ability.

Infinity Ballet is one of Valery's favorite studios to visit. The studio is spacious and the students learn Russian technique and turnout. We also have a mutual friend, Alexei Borovik, who is also a frequent guest at Infinity.

Until he moved to America, Borovik was a principal dancer with the Perm Ballet Theatre. From 1992 until his retirement in 2006, Borovik was a Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. As I recall he and Valery participated in the same International Ballet Competition some years back and last spring Borovik directed a ballet gala concert for us. The ballet world is a small world indeed.