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March 15, 2011- Moscow Ballet announces a week of Summer Intensive training at Inland Valley Conservatory

Moscow Ballet announces a week of Summer Intensive training for pre-professional dancers of Inland Valley Conservatory, in Murrieta, CA
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) March 15, 2011 – Moscow Ballet announces 2011 Summer Intensive training program with Inland Valley Conservatory (IVCCA) in Murrieta, CA July 11 through July 15. In a reverse trend, Moscow Ballet brings Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova to Murietta and the U.S. to teach the Vaganova method to pre-professional students. Todinova will give classes in technique and variations from classic ballets at a state-of-the-art facility. Classes will be accompanied by IVCCA’s Veronika Huggins, a Kirov trained musician and pianist. The public is welcome to attend the Friday night July 15 gala performance at the 750-seat Murrieta Mesa Theater. The Intensive is presented by Moscow Ballet, and IVCCA in collaboration with the City of Murrieta and Murrieta School District. Students 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. There will be two, two-hour classes, each costing $325 for the week. Registration information and tickets for the Gala are available at under “Conservatory Events”, or call 951-286-1376 or 951-696-9800.

Inland Valley Conservatory, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, offers Classical Ballet, Jazz, and Lyrical Dance classes in an educational setting. The Conservatory also offers music, both vocal and instrumental, theater, and sports programs. Visit the website for more information on year-round programs and classes at

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. 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.

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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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