Tuesday, March 25, 2008

News from the World of Dance

Before I talk about the news from the world of dance, I wanted to remind you that you have a chance to win a copy of A Child's Introduction to Ballet just by sending in a question for an upcoming interview with Valery Lantratov. Even if you already have a copy of the book, it's a great opportunity to hear Valery answer your question directly. Do you have a question on technique? On dance as a career? About Valery's work as a choreographer, dancer or teacher? Send your question to lauralee@doublevrpomotions.com. You can read more about it in a previous entry.

Now that we have that out of the way...

News from the World of Dance

Congratulations to Monika the Donkey on her retirement. Monika steps down after 19 years with the Maryinsky Ballet Company (Kirov) of St. Petersburg. Her signature role was in the ballet Don Quixote in which she carried Sancho Panza. Reuters reported that at the 21 year-old's farewell party Monika waltzed with one of the company’s ballerinas and was given a carrot cake, a pinafore and a kerchief.

"She sometimes nodded her head to the music, and drew some of the attention from the ballerinas. We sometimes told her off about that," ballerina Anastasia Kolegova told the BBC.

You can read more about Monika, and see a video clip, on the BBC's web page.

Resource of the Day

Usually this place is reserved for dance related resources, but I know that many dancers like many different arts. A costume designer I know told me about Etsy. It is sort of an Ebay for artists (although it is fixed price, not an auction). This is a great marketplace that hooks up creators of clothing, gifts, jewelery and other unique items with customers. Type in "ballet" for example, and you'll find ballerina costumes for kids, ballet slipper lockets, hand-made dance bags and more.

Quote of the day: "Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming."-Agnes deMille