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Moscow Ballet, Orpheum Theatre and Knox College announce Summer Intensive August 1 to 5, at no cost to ballet students, in Galesburg IL! 

Five days of 9 to 5 classes, including lunch, supported by Arts Midwest and Destination College grants  Moscow Ballet soloist to teach at the inaugural Summer Intensive in collaboration with the Orpheum Theatre and Knox College in Galesburg IL from August 1 to 5! Classes will be from 9 to 5 daily and at no cost to participants! Svetlana Todinova will give classes daily for “pre-en pointe” and “pointe” students on the Knox College campus. The Vaganova method, used by Moscow Ballet dancers, is the Russian standard perfected by Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951). The syllabus is the gold-bar standard for ballet instruction today. Classes are limited to 20 participants each and the Intensive includes classes in nutrition, physical therapy, dance history, and dance in higher education.

Lunch is provided, making a full day experience for all students. The Intensive is free due to generous grants from Arts Midwest and Destination College; however, participation will be determined by application and ability on a first-come, first-evaluated basis. Applications will be available online on June 20 at www.theorpheum.org or at the Orpheum Theatre box office. Call 309-342-2299 for more information, or click here to access applications.  Svetlana Todinova, an accomplished soloist and Moscow Ballet Audition Director, completed her training at the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy, named in honor of the legendary graduate. While with the State Opera Ballet of Krasnodar, Todinova danced for the world renowned Yuri Grigorovich, famous for his virtuosic productions at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre of Opera and Ballet. She has been with Moscow Ballet since 2006. 

Kathleen Ridlon, Assistant Professor of Dance at Knox College, comes from an extensive dance background and is a recognized artist on the Illinois Arts Council Arts-In-Education Artist Roster. She received her M.F.A. from Smith College MA, B.A. from City College of New York and is an alumna of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center School in NYC. She participated in the Horton Pedagogy Workshop at The Ailey School in New York City, with a grant awarded to her through Knox College, in 2006 and 2007.

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