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May 31, 2011- Moscow Ballet offers Summer Intensives

Moscow Ballet offers six Summer Intensives for ballet dancers and teachers in state-of-the-art studios across the U.S.
From Pennsylvania to California, students get intense, one-on-one learning and performance experience

Moscow Ballet dancer and teacher Svetlana Todinova
Moscow Ballet dancer and teacher Svetlana Todinova

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(Berkshires, MA) May 31, 2011 – Moscow Ballet and partner studios, colleges and other organizations invite intermediate to pre-professional dancers and dance teachers to participate in Summer Intensive programs across the country. Moscow Ballet brings soloist and teacher Svetlana Todinova to the US from Moscow in July and August to work intensively and one-on-one with ballet students from coast-to-coast. This is a unique opportunity for American dance studios to showcase the exceptional Russian ballet method for all their students and a unique opportunity for American dancers to work closely with a Russian ballet professional. To find out how to sign up for one of the six Moscow Ballet Summer Intensives go to www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php.

July 6-15 Pittsburgh PA – Moscow Ballet and ACOYA Dance Project’s Summer Intensive is hosted by The Academy of Dance by Lori. The Intensive offers personal training by Russian and Cuban ballet professionals and regional contemporary dance artists. It includes 20 hours of training for 3 levels: ages 6 through adult dance students and beginners; professional dancers and dance teachers. Moscow Ballet soloist Svetlana Todinova will give classes in technique, character and variations from the classics. Other teachers include Damien Martinez from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; Pittsburgh’s newest Hip Hop choreographer Gregg McCummings, Penn State University’s Holly Gombina teaching musical theatre, acrobatics; and other guest artists. To register e-mail JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , go to www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php or call 412-851-1422.

July 11-15 Murietta CA - Moscow Ballet and Inland Valley Conservatory (IVCCA) host a Summer Intensive, in collaboration with the City of Murrieta and Murrieta School District. Moscow Ballet soloist Svetlana Todinova teaches Vaganova technique and variations from classic ballets to be performed at week’s end at the state-of-the-art IVCCA facility. There will be two 2-hour classes daily which are accompanied by Veronika Huggins, Kirov trained musician and pianist. The public is invited to the July 15 gala performance at Murrieta Mesa Theater. Intensive cost is $325. To register and for tickets call 951-286-1376 or 951-696-9800 or go to http://www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php.

July 18-22 Pikeville KY - Moscow Ballet and Pikeville College Community Education Dance Program Intensive will be at the Pikeville College Studios. Dancers from all over the area are welcome. Classes meet Monday to Friday: 10am to Noon for 10yrs through teens, level III and up, who are not on pointe; 1:30 to 3:30pm class is for 12yrs and up who are on pointe. Male dancers, ages 10 through adults, are welcome, classes will include partnering. The Intensive will be at Pikeville College Ridenour Dance Studios, in the Record Memorial Building. Cost is $200 for the week. To register, call the Ridenour Dance Studio 606-218-5751 or go to http://www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php.

July 25-29 Tiffin OH – Moscow Ballet and In Motion Dance Studio announce Summer Intensive in Tiffin, OH from July 25 to 29. Moscow Ballet soloist Svetlana Todinova will give two 2 hour classes daily in technique, pointe, and variations from the classics. The Intensive is open to intermediate to pre-professional ballet students and teachers. Todinova will also give a public Meet & Greet session taking questions from audience members, time and location tbd. To register and for more information call 419-447-7028 or go to www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php.

Aug 1-5 Galesburg IL - Moscow Ballet, in collaboration with the Orpheum Theatre and Knox College, bring soloist Svetlana Todinova to teach intermediate to pre-professional ballet students in the region. Todinova will give daily two-hour classes at the Knox College Auxiliary Gymnasium. Additional classes include nutrition, physical therapy, and dance history. Lunch will also be provided, making a full day/week experience. Ms. Todinova will present an evening talk and demonstration for the community and the week culminates in a recital Friday, August 5 for students’ parents, friends & fellow dancers, more details tba. Interested applicants go to http://www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php to register.

Aug 8-19 Bloomington MN - Moscow Ballet and City Scape Dance Camp present Svetlana Todinova and others from professional dance companies for up to 2 weeks of intense dance instruction. Todinova will give classes in ballet technique, pointe, character dance, historic dance and variations from the classics. Additional classes in lyrical, tap, jazz, nutrition, and injury prevention are included. Dancers choose a single dance style i.e. ballet only, or multiple dance styles to study. Interested applicants can register by email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , phone: 952-884-6009 or click on Summer Intensive.

Svetlana Todinova, an accomplished soloist and Moscow Ballet Audition Director, completed her training in 1997 at the Ufimsky Choreography School (now named the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy in honor of the legend who was a graduate) where the Vaganova method is the standard. While dancing with the State Opera Ballet of Krasnodar, Todinova danced under the legendary Yuri Gregorovich, famous for his virtuosic productions at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Todinova later toured with the Russian Academy of Ballet Art performing in Holland, China, Spain, Italy, England, and the US. Her repertory includes Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Carmen, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. She has danced with Moscow Ballet since 2006.

Moscow Ballet - Overview “Knock-out dancers, thrilling, and elegant” says the NY Times; “Aristocratic finesse” comments the Cleveland Plain Dealer; Charleston Today raves, “Breathtaking and awe-inspiring;” “Spellbinding and completely fabulous,” states San Francisco’s Stark Insider; and DC’s ionarts.com agrees, “Particularly astounding.” 2011 marks the 19th tour to 60 plus North American cities by 80 (2 companies of 40 each) impeccably trained Russian dancers. Performing Swan Lake, the Great Russian Nutcracker and other ballets to be announced, the dancers leap, spin, and lunge in their telling of the traditional stories with a Russian flair.

Moscow Ballet features top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools and is praised by NY Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, “Expansive…the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager.” The company evolved out of the “Glasnost Festival Tour” created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi. Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with an all-star Russian cast in the Great Russian Nutcracker, directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov, a soloist with Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Since then Moscow Ballet has added Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, among others, to its repertory. For information and list of tour dates visit http://www.nutcracker.com.

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