Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pose a Question, Win a Book!

A few weeks ago we put out a call for questions for Valery Lantratov for our next podcast. We were not overwhelmed with responses, so we've decided to make it a little more interesting. Send us a question for Valery Lantratov to answer in our next podcast and you have a chance at winning a copy of A Child's Introduction to Ballet signed by the author, Laura Lee, and Russian ballet dancer, director, choreographer and teacher, Valery Lantratov.

Here's how it works: You can send as many questions as you like, but please try to make them relevant, real questions that you'd like to hear Valery answer in an interview. I will select the best of the submitted questions, and interview Valery Lantratov by phone from Moscow. After the interview Valery himself will select his favorite to win the grand prize.

E-mail your question to with "Interview Question" in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, age, city and dance school and your address in case you're the winner. There is no age limit. Young and old are welcome to participate. The deadline for the contest is April 15 and the winner will be announced when the interview is posted.

Here are some things about Valery that might help you when coming up with questions: He was trained at the Moscow Academy (Bolshoi School). He was a principal dancer with the Moscow Stanislavsky and Kremlin Ballets. In 1997 Russian president Boris Yeltsin gave him the title "People's Artist of Russia."

He has performed all over the world in Russia, Japan, Spain, England, Mexico, South America and the U.S.. He has danced with Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plitsetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev and many other top Russian artists. He has been teaching for many years and was a guest instructor at the Boston Ballet for three seasons. Over the past few years he has traveled all over the United States teaching at hundreds of schools with students of all different levels and ages.

Good luck.