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April 29, 2011- Moscow Ballet and Pikeville College Community Education Dance Program

Moscow Ballet and Pikeville College Community Education Dance Program announce a Summer Intensive the week of July 18-22
Soloist Svetlana Todinova flies in from Moscow, Russia as Summer Intensive Teacher

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

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(Berkshires, MA) April 29, 2011 – Moscow Ballet and Pikeville College Community Education Dance Program announce 2011 Summer Intensive program in Pikeville KY from July 18 to 22 at the Pikeville College Studios. In a reverse trend, Moscow Ballet brings Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova to the U.S. to teach the Vaganova method to dance students of all levels. This is a rare opportunity for serious area dancers to study one-on-one with a professional Russian teacher and dancer. Dancers from all studios in the area are welcome to attend. Classes meet Monday through Friday as follows: 10:00am to Noon for ages 10 through teens, level III and up, who are not on pointe; 1:30pm to 3:30pm for ages 12 and up who are on pointe. Male dancers, ages 10 through adults, are especially welcome. Classes will include partnering if male dancers are available. The Summer Intensive will be held on the Pikeville College campus in the Ridenour Dance Studios, located in the Record Memorial Building. Cost of the Intensive is $200 for the week. For more information and to register, call the Ridenour Dance Studio 606-218-5751. 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 Summer Intensives are offered at Academy of Dance by Lori in Pittsburgh PA; Inland Valley Conservatory in Murrieta CA; The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg IL and City Scape Dance in Bloomington MN.

Pikeville College Community Education Dance Program offers classes in ballet, pre-ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and creative movement. Classes are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters and are available for three year olds up to adults, and including a class exclusively for boys. Students are assigned to classes based on age and experience. Classes meet for various times ranging from one hour per week to one and one-half hours twice a week. Students also have the opportunity to perform.

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 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.

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“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 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. 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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