Soloist Svetlana Todinova flies in from Moscow, Russia as Summer Intensive Teacher
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(Berkshires, MA) May 31, 2011 – Moscow Ballet and In Motion Dance Studio announce Summer Intensive training program in Tiffin, OH from July 25 to 29. In a reverse trend, Moscow Ballet brings Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova to the U.S. to teach the Vaganova method to area ballet students. 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 be featured in a Meet & Greet session taking questions from audience members, time and location tbd. Intensive participants will gain invaluable ballet experience in the Russian tradition which is known the world over for excellence in training and execution. 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 offered are Academy of Dance by Lori, Pittsburgh PA; Inland Valley Conservatory, Temecula CA; Pikeville Community College, Pikeville KY; Orpheum Theatre and Knox College, Galesburg IL; and City Scape Dance, Bloomington MN. To register and for more information call 419-447-7028 or go to www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php.
In Motion Dance Studio’s goal is to provide the highest quality dance instruction to students of all ages and levels. The studio strives to build self-esteem and confidence in all students through dance classes that are positive, nurturing, and fun. Instructors are passionate about the art of dance, and dedicated to helping students grow to their maximum potential. Classes are designed to develop the mind, spirit, body and passion of each student from toddlers to adults. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, lyrical, yoga and cheer-dance. The studio, under the leadership of Jenny Karl, has provided exceptional dance training in a nurturing, non-competitive environment for over 12 years.
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 Grigorovich, 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 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 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.