Sunday, May 31, 2009

Follow Our Travels on Twitter

It is hard to believe that we start another U.S. tour in a little more than a week. We always enjoy keeping you informed of our travels. In the past, we wrote extensive blog articles about all of our cities and studios. Unfortunately, this does get to be time consuming and hard to maintain. During the last tour we simply had no time for those kinds of updates. So we're trying something new and have started a Twitter account. We will provide brief updates of our journey on Twitter and Facebook and only the occasional blog posting about where we've been. We hope you will "follow" us and "friend" us.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

On the Road Again

Yes, it is almost that time again. Valery Lantratov arrives from Moscow on June 9th and another tour begins. We will be focusing our attentions primarily on the Midwest this time around. We will be visiting a couple of new states: Missouri and Iowa. Be sure to watch this space as we report on our travels.

We have updated the calendar, so you can see where we will be going by following the link to the right.

We still have one or two gaps that we are trying to fill. The first is June 10th. We have availability in Detroit, MI/Toledo, Ohio metro areas, if you would like to kick off our tour please contact us.

We have availability in the Richmond, VA or Virginia Beach area on June 23.

We are still hoping to fill July 5 in Scranton/Wilkes Barre/Allentown/Binghamton, NY and July 9 in the Buffalo, NY area.

Our biggest gap is the week of August 10-14. If you have a studio located anywhere between St. Louis, MO and Traverse City, MI there is a good chance we can fit you in. Indiana want us?

Contact us at to book any of these dates. If we talked about having a class at your studio, but you did not return a contract to us, please note that we did not hold these dates for you. Please double check our calendar if you have any doubts as to whether or not we are coming. Also note that many of the class times are still to be announced.

In the next week we will be contacting all our scheduled studios to confirm times and directions. Please be patient, the process will take a while, we have more than 80 studios to get to. If you have any special requests for your classes please try to get them to me before Friday. I will be speaking to Valery Lantratov in Moscow on Friday evening, and would like to tell him anything he will need to know to prepare.

If your class was recently added, we would like to request that you get the contract and deposits back to us as soon as possible. We would like to have all of those logistics wrapped up by the end of the week so that we can focus on our routing and travel plans.

In the meantime, please enjoy this video of a boy's class at the Bolshoi Academy.

I am also sharing this pdf version of Dance Now, which I recently discovered on line. The magazine features a long interview with Alexei Ratmansky on leaving his position as Bolshoi Ballet artistic director. I pass it along because it is interesting and because of the brief mention of Vladislav Lantratov, Valery's son, who Ratmansky calls "promising."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

How to Get Laura Lee's Next Book for Free

You may have noticed that this blog has not been updated as frequently lately as in the past. Here is why I (Laura Lee) have sold a new book called Broke is Beautiful to Running Press. The publisher is so enthusiastic about it that they are rushing it out. It is already listed in their spring catalog. (This is major rushing by publishing standards)

Order a book from my website by the end of the month and you will not only get a personally autographed copy of that book, but also an absolutely free autographed copy of Broke is Beautiful the moment they come off the presses. You will be one of the first people in the world to see it! (Note: There are only three copies left of A Child's Introduction to Ballet)

I am hard at work lining up last minute classes and trying to get the book as complete as possible before we get on the road on June 9.