The Studio Blog
Did you know that in Russia the idealized woman is the ballerina? She is considered a living sculpture, an accomplished and highly trained artist and that the most important holiday for Russian women is March 8? It is similar to Mother’s Day inthe U.S., except that all women in a man’s life are celebrated, from mothers to sweethearts to small girls.
This is the day when men pay all their attention to their beloved, their mothers, sisters, and daughters and some Russian men take on the women’s share of the housework that day as a sign of deep love and appreciation. Since March 8 falls on a Tuesday this year, both Monday and Tuesday are days off for Russians! Historically, March 8 has long been associated with women’s rights, beginning with a famous protest in New York on March 8, 1857. In Russia, the day was first celebrated as Women’s Day in St. Petersburg in 1913, but it did not become an official state holiday, and day off, until 1965. Most likely, however, the greatest historical significance of the date for Russians is as the date that Russian women first gained the right to vote: March 8, 1917, American women gained the right to vote three years later. This week we celebrate our Moscow Ballet ballerinas, audition directors, and all women on the Moscow Ballet team!
You can find a special gift for the women in your life at the Moscow Ballet store. Choose from logo-ed dancewear, Russian specialty items, CDs, DVDs and photos of young dancers too. And our gift of appreciation to you…all orders placed this week will receive a complimentary women’s charm bracelet!
Ballet students will have the opportunity to take pointe, partnering and technique training in a program developed and directed by Moscow Ballet’s Ballet Master Andre Litvinov. This is a unique chance for young ballet dancers to work in depth with soloists from Russia right in their own studios! The Moscow Ballet teachers share the lessons and techniques they have mastered from the grand tradition of Russian ballet.
The 2011 Summer Intensive includes one classically trained Moscow Ballet soloist who teaches 2 two-hour classes per day for five days to upper level and pre-professional ballet dancers. Class options include technique, partnering, pointe, historic dance, character dance, and variations from classic ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle or Sleeping Beauty.
Moscow Ballet brings the teacher to each city and the dance studios tailor the week-long sessions to best suit their students. Intensives can include morning classes for one level of students and afternoon classes for another level, a recital from the classic repertory at the week’s end, and/or nutrition and other special classes, too.
The 2011 Intensives will be in U.S. cities from July through August. For more information, e-mail JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or call 800-320-1733 x21.