Monday, November 29, 2010

This is the Week!

Dance School Friends:

Welcome back! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and that you are not too overwhelmed with Nutcracker productions.

I know this is a busy time of year-- it is also the last few weeks before we start our tour. We have only a few open dates, and we've been talking to a number of schools about filling them.

If you have been considering booking a master class, please get back to us right away to firm it up. I would like to have the last of the winter dates scheduled by the end of this week.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Does Dance Education Matter to You?

Dance is one area that tends to get short shrift in public education. Would you like that to change? Donors Choose is an online charity that allows public school teachers to post classroom project ideas to be funded by people like you.

Many teachers would like to make dance a bigger part of their students lives. By pooling small donations they can get the ballet barres, books and other supplies they need to make their programs viable.

Here are some of the dance related projects you can support.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Calendar Updated

Our tour schedule calendar has been updated and we have removed a number of schools which have not returned contracts. If your school does not appear on our schedule and you have not returned the contract to us, we do not have you on our itinerary.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dear Dance Schools

Our winter schedule is nearly full and we're fairly close to completing summer. We know winter is a busy time for dance studios. If you have been sent a contract for an upcoming master class, please get it back to us right away. We have some schools interested in dates who can't get on the schedule, so we will release the dates of any schools that do not get contracts back to us within two weeks of sending them. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Communications Problems

Dance Schools and Friends: We have just discovered that we were not receiving all of our e-mail over the past two days due to a technical problem. If you sent us something and we did not respond, please send again. Thank you.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Arts Make You Smarter?

The Urbanite has a highly recommended article on a pilot program to test the integration of arts in teaching other subjects. The project is having good results.

At Roland Park, Hardiman created an approach in which students were enrolled in music, theater, visual arts, and dance programs—and encouraged to incorporate those arts into their core classes to reinforce the learning of key concepts. Faculty involve the arts in their lessons as well. Fractions might be taught using rhythm and beat to illustrate the concept of 3/4 time, the rotation of the planets around the sun via dance. While studying the novel Hatchet, students at Roland Park created a tableau to depict through their bodies what it would be like to be stranded alone in the wilderness, the theme of the book.

It may sound a little hippy-dippy, but arts evoke emotion, Hardiman points out, and the role that emotions play in laying down long-term memory (and thus learning) is well-established. Our brains take in enormous amounts of information each day and prioritize data to be stored in both short- and long-term memory. First priority is information related to survival, such as perceived threats. Second priority is emotionally-tinged data. Most new information is lost within twenty-four hours—unless the brain has a strong motive for converting it to long-term memory and rehearses or repeats the data to effect an actual change in the physical structure of neurons, a process called long-term potentiation. Arts integration, with its emphasis on repetition of information through both cognitive and emotional brain circuitry, theoretically helps facilitate that process.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Because the Performing Arts Matter

Thought provoking, but I disagree with the statement that “the means of artistic production have been democratized for the first time in all of human history.” In fact, I would argue that the non-democratization of artistic production is a modern phenomenon, mostly dating back to recording of artistic works and mechanical means of recording and distribution.

For most of human history artistic production consisted of telling stories or dancing or singing songs within a community, around the fire, at church gatherings. Anyone who wished to participate could. That amateurs can be involved in arts-- that arts are not defined by consumerism but participation-- is actually a return to our roots, not something new and unprecedented.

Friday, August 13, 2010

August Collage

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Look Where We've Been

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

July 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tour Beginning

We leave for our tour on June 7. If you have classes with us in June, you will be getting e-mail in the next couple of days to confirm class times and with any questions we have for you. July and August studios will be contacted a bit later. If you have any outstanding deposits/contracts please get them back to us immediately. It is much easier for us to take care of before we are on the road. If you are considering booking a class, and are still waiting for sign ups, it would help us out tremendously if you could set a deadline for registrations before June 5, so that we can have it firmed up before we leave. Everything is much easier to take care of before we are traveling.

Also, please note that if you have a class schedule with us, and you cancel less than two weeks before the class date you are responsible for travel costs usually covered by the class fee. We have had to institute this policy to prevent holding dates and being left with open dates that are too late to fill. Thank you for your understanding.

We are still trying to fill the July 4 weekend and are offering a special discounted rate on classes that weekend only. If you have a studio in a geographic region we can reach in that time (see our calendar via the link on the right) please contact us at to book a class.

We will be traveling with copies of our children's book A Child's Introduction to Ballet. However, we have limited space in our car and we are known to run out while traveling. To ensure you have copies for Mr. Lantratov to sign, I recommend pre-ordering books and having them shipped in advance. You can do so at

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Updated Calendar: Current Availability

We have updated our summer class schedule calendar. There are still a few open dates we are trying to fill:

June 20-22. Kentucky/Southern IN.

July 2: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

July 4-5: Detroit Lakes, MN

July 7: Duluth, MN

July 8: Eau Claire, WI or Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

July 10-11: Michigan's Upper Peninsula!

July 13: Northern lower Michigan

July 28: Harrisburg, PA

August 3: Southern NJ/Philadelphia, PA

August 6: Lancaster, PA

August 8-9: Washington D.C./Baltimore, MD

August 11-15: Northern VA, WV, Western PA, Ohio

If you have a studio in any of these areas, or know of one that might be interested in having Valery Lantratov teach a master class, please contact us at

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Contract Reminder

We'd like to remind studios that have received contracts to please get them back to us in a timely fashion. Because it affects our routing, we cannot hold dates open. Thank you for your understanding.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Valery Lantratov's Summer Master Class Schedule

Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in having Valery Lantratov come to your studio this summer. Our June and July schedules are largely full, and August is starting to fill up as well. Our direction will take us largely to the Midwest, as far west as Des Moines, Iowa and perhaps a bit further west, and ending in the Northeast in early to mid August.

Here are the time periods we still have available and the general geographic areas where we will be. If you have a studio in this area, or have a suggestion of a studio we should contact to schedule a class contact Some of these dates, while currently available, are being considered by other studios, so please let us know ASAP if you have interest in a date.

June 21-22: Central Ohio

June 1-3: Potential areas for this date include Nebraska (Lincoln or Omaha areas); Kansas (Kansas City, Lawrence or Topeka areas); Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD or southern Minnesota.

July 4-5: We can offer a $50 discount for classes booked on these dates. We can get to any of the cities above or below.

July 6-8: Minnesota, Illinois or Wisconsin.

July 8-11: Chicago or Detroit areas.

July 13: Northern or central Michigan

July 22-24: Columbus, Ohio/Pittsburgh, PA area.

July 28-29: Harrisburg/York, PA area

August 3-4: Washington D.C./Baltimore area

August 6-7: Delware/Eastern MD

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing many of you this summer!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

U.S. Cities We've Taught In So Far...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Missed out on Books?

We ran out of copies of our book, A Child's Introduction to Ballet, towards the end of last week. If you were interested in getting a copy autographed by Valery Lantratov, but missed out, you can order directly from us online, and we will ship you an autographed copy as soon as we have restocked.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Going, Going... Gone

We have updated our online calendar. Our winter schedule is now completely full and we cannot add any more classes at this point. Contact us now about summer, as our summer 2010 schedule is also filling up quickly.

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and to making new friends in new parts of the country.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Comments on Comments

We are leaving for our winter tour on Wednesday and look forward to seeing everyone. We love to hear your comments on our blog, unfortunately, we have been getting several spam comments per day and moderating them has become too much of a problem so we have had to turn the comments off. If you would like to connect with Valery Lantratov, look for him on Twitter or Facebook where you can still send messages.

Friday, January 1, 2010