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April 4, 2011- Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Summer Intensive and the ACOYA Dance Project Master Class Series 2011

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Summer Intensive and the ACOYA Dance Project Master Class Series 2011 for student dancers, dance teachers and pre-professional dancers in Pittsburgh
Soloist Svetlana Todinova flies in from Moscow, Russia as Summer Intensive Teacher

Moscow Ballet's Svetlana Todinova in performance and rehearsal
Moscow Ballet's Svetlana Todinova in performance and rehearsal

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(Berkshires, MA) April 4, 2011 – Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Summer Intensive and ACOYA Dance Project Master Class Series hosted by The Academy of Dance by Lori, at 1675 Washington Road, Pittsburgh PA July 6-8 and 11-14, 2011. The Academy of Dance by Lori is pleased to offer dance students personal training by Russian and Cuban Ballet Professionals along with regional contemporary dance artists who are making new waves in the Pittsburgh dance scene. The Intensive and Dance Project includes 20 hours of training over 2 weeks for 3 levels: ages 6 through adult dance students and beginners; professional dancers; and dance teachers. In a reverse trend, Moscow Ballet brings Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova to the U.S. to teach the Vaganova method to pre-professional and non-professional students. 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, Acrobatic classes and other great guest artists tba. The Moscow Ballet program offers young American dancers, who otherwise have limited access to the classical Russian style, a unique opportunity to work closely with a professional Russian ballerina. Other Intensives are offered at Inland Valley Conservatory, Temecula CA; The Ballet School, New Orleans LA; City Scape Dance, Bloomington MN and Pikeville Community College, Pikeville KY. To register or for more info email JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING , call 412-851-1422 or go to

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. Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) perfected and cultivated the theories and practices of classical ballet in her performances and also in a workable syllabus. Her Fundamentals of the Classical Dance (1934) remains a standard textbook for the instruction of ballet technique and her technique is one of the most popular techniques in the world today. 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.

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“Knock-out dancer, 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 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

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