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Moscow Ballet soloists spend a “Summer of Immersion” in Tampa Bay…not in the Gulf but with 1800 kids in “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life”
Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons,” deemed a soaring success for Pasco County kids in 2011, returns for 6 weeks!
Moscow Ballet dancer working with Milwaukee children
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(Berkshires, MA) Apr 17, 2012 – The District School Board of Pasco County’s PLACE after-school program has secured a first in the country with Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life.” Many PLACE children experienced the world premiere of Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons” in a 5 hour day of immersion December 2011 at St Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theatre and now they will be the first to experience 6 full weeks of immersion. From June 18 to July 27, 1800 PLACE children will work with world renowned Moscow Ballet dancers in groups of 30 for five days each. The Pasco County children will be immersed in Russian culture, storytelling, movement, creative expression and nutrition instruction. Each child will enjoy personal attention from the Russian artists and role models; Master Teachers Svetlana Todinova and Natalia Miroshnyk, male soloist Vladimir Trystan and award-winning Anastasia Kazakova. Mary Grey, Supervisor of Child Care Educational Programs for Pasco County, recognizes the need for this program, “Exposure to…the personal role modeling by the talented dancers in teaching the program’s movement and dietary guidelines is a major plus not to mention their exposure to a new and vibrant world culture.” Moscow Ballet North American agent Akiva Talmi confirms, “Moscow Ballet has a generation of experience with educational programming and appreciates the leadership and vision of the directors of Pasco’s PLACE program.” “New Horizons” programs are also scheduled in other cities across the country for 2012 summer and fall. Click for information.
Moscow Ballet’s ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’ promotes the development of a healthy and creative children. The “three-pronged” approach is rooted in the performing arts and addresses diet, exercise and the need for creative expression through personal, hands-on experiences with Moscow Ballet dancers. Children are immersed in interactive, age-appropriate activities as developed for Moscow Ballet by prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory in her book “Ballet is the Best Exercise” and expert nutritionist Deborah Phillips. The third arm of the program introduces children to creative and aesthetic appreciation of live performances, in this case the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker, awakening a sense of their own creative abilities. ‘New Horizons: A Children’s Program for Life’ offers children the opportunity to experience a world class cultural event that might not otherwise be available to them and combats the obstacles that hinder children from developing their innate abilities due to lack of exposure to culture and adequate funding for the arts in American school curriculum. After Moscow Ballet leaves the community, children and their teachers have tools in place, including packets with movement exercises, diet guidelines, creative exercises and a companion book to the Great Russian Nutcracker, to continue working the New Horizons program. Copyright is pending.
Moscow Ballet’s history of educational programming includes a generation of support for tens of thousands of North American children. Since 1993 up to sixty student dancers in 60 or more cities audition, rehearse and are included in the professional performances. Over twenty years of touring the Great Russian Nutcracker about 70,000 impressionable children have had personal interactions with some of the most highly skilled dancers in the world. Moscow Ballet dancers are generous in sharing their unique artistic and cultural knowledge by leading auditions, rehearsals as well as Russian cultural lectures & dance demonstrations for hundreds of communities over the years. Moscow Ballet provides affordable, and in many cases free, master classes. The ‘Russian-Cultural Ballet’ project is designed as an introduction to dance and Russian culture for young children and nine museums and art institutions hosted the project including Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Museum; Chicago Children's Museum; and Dallas’ International Museum of Cultures. ‘Cinderella Around the World’ is a dance and literacy program that combines Cinderella stories from diverse cultures. Russian, Korean, Chinese, and West African dancers and musicians conduct music and dance activities. Other educational programming includes the ‘Swan Lake Summer Program’ and ‘Summer Intensives’ for ballet students. Moscow Ballet is a past recipient of a federal grant for Emergency School Aid for the reduction of minority isolation (ESAA), Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) for on the job training in arts and education and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, which helped fund four pilots for PBS television. The company has also worked with school systems to create tutor training programs supported by 21st Century Learning Center (CCLC) federal funds in San Antonio and Dallas, TX, Americus, GA and Jackson, MS.
Moscow Ballet celebrates 20 years of touring the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker across North America. The Great Russian Nutcracker, directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, debuted to rave reviews from the press in 1993, which continues to this day; NY Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, “Knockout …brimful with feeling.” Over 20 years the tour has expanded from eight to seventy cities across North America with two simultaneously performing troupes of 40 Russian dancers each. The Great Russian Nutcracker is unique in featuring Russian culture throughout. Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) escort Masha (aka Clara) and the Nutcracker Prince through the Snow Forrest in Act I and the “Dove of Peace” brings them to the “Land of Peace and Harmony” in Act II. The company features award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova and other schools and also performs Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and other story ballets.
Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which tours annually to sixty+ cities across the US and Canada. ATP was founded by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer, conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi. ATP produced the “Cynthia Gregory National Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; the “From the Top” PBS TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdi and Itzhak Perlman, the “Alexander Godunov” national tour and many more. www.akivatalmipresents.com .