Monday, January 5, 2009

It's Almost that Time

Valery Lantratov will soon be here in the United States to teach master classes from the East Coast to the Mississippi, from Florida to Wisconsin. We are looking forward to meeting each and every one of you. We hope that as we travel you will stay in touch with us using this blog and our Myspace and Facebook pages. (Links to the right)

If we have not been to your studio before, you should have received an e-mail with our travel directions attached. We begin our tour next week, once we are on the road, communication becomes more of a challenge, so we would like to encourage you to take a moment now to send any information about your class that may be useful to Mr. Lantratov in his preparations even if it seems that your class is some time in the future.

We will be bringing a limited number of copies of our book A Child's Introduction to Ballet to sell and sign. Here is its description:

Eye-catching illustrations, engaging text and delightful musical selections on the accompanying 70-minute CD lead children ages 8 to 12 (and parents, too!) on an exciting and educational tour through the magical world of ballet. Illustrated in exquisite and colourful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this package is a fun and exciting journey for children. Learn about the world's greatest ballets, dancers, choreographers and composers. Find out about the history of ballet, ballet steps and positions and read the wonderful stories of amazing ballets - as the stories unfold you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Why do ballet dancers stand like ducks? How high can the greatest ballet dancers leap? What famous ballet company was originally made up of orphans? Learn all this and more in Child's Introduction to Ballet.

If you would like to have us sign copies of our book for students at your studio, we would encourage you to place an advance order now and have books shipped to you, especially if your dates are in February. This will guarantee that books will be available. We are traveling with a very limited number, and will not be able to restock on the road.

You can order individual copies on line. If you would like three or more, please contact us at the office, and we can ship them out to you at no shipping cost. You do not need to be on our itinerary to take advantage of the free shipping offer, however, your order must be placed no later than January 10. If you do not have our office number, e-mail me at

We'd also like to remind you of our new Dancer's Quote Book, lovingly compiled over several years. We will not have any copies of this book with us, so if you'd like copies for us to sign, please order through using the link to the right.