The Advertiser-Tribune: Studio to host Russian ballerina

Studio to host Russian ballerina

By MaryAnn Kromer - Staff Writer for The Advertiser-Tribune

In Motion Dance Studio in Tiffin is to host Russian ballerina Nataliya Miroshnyk, a soloist with the Moscow Ballet.

Miroshnyk is to teach a summer intensive program July 25-29 at the studio, 636 Miami St.

Moscow Ballet brings Russian dancers to the U.S. to teach the Vaganova method to dance students. Miroshnyk plans to give two-hour classes twice a day in technique, pointe and variations from the classics. The intensive is open to younger and intermediate dance students.

In Motion founder and director Jennifer Karl said she learned about the opportunity through an e-mail.

"It advertised their program and that there was one possible week left at the end of July for Moscow Ballet to hold an intensive," she said. "After I spoke to Moscow Ballet that day about the opportunity, I was instantly excited. A dance school in Chicago was also interested in that same week, so I had to wait for their final response before we could move forward with offering it."

Karl said space is available for all sessions. The cost is $200 for the week. In addition, Miroshnyk and students are to dance in a meet-and-greet/performance event at 7 p.m. July 29 at In Motion Dance Studio.

Karl said when she was a young dancer, she would have appreciated the chance to work with a professional dancer, especially in the Russian tradition.

"This would be the comparable to working one-on-one with an Olympic athlete for a week, or taking vocal lessons privately with someone like Mariah Carey," she said. "You are working with the best of the best and for a comparable experience you would have to travel far away to somewhere like New York or L.A."

The Vaganova method is known for precise movements and clean lines with "softness underneath," Karl said. She said it fuses elements of French, Italian and other methods. Some of the most famous dancers in history, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, were trained in this method.

"The Vaganova method also aspires to teach dancers a conscious approach to every movement so that dancers understand the reason behind every exercise," Karl said. "This really is an amazing and invaluable experience for dancers in the surrounding area, and I know that the dancers who participate will get a great deal out of it."

Visit www.nutcracker.com for information about Moscow Ballet summer intensives. To register and RSVP for the meet-and-greet, e-mail JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or call (419)447-7028.

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