(Berkshires, Mass.) January 30, 2020 – Due to popular demand, Moscow Ballet Soloists Alisa Bolotnikova and Yuriy Kuzo return to lead 11 weeks of intensive classes in Russian ballet for the 2nd summer in U.S. cities from coast to coast. When not on tour, Alisa teaches students at the Kharkov Ballet College, some of whom have been accepted in the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theatre. Alisa states, “For me, ballet is not just movement and not just technical. Every time I say that you dance with your emotion, all your heart, all your soul.”
For Immediate Release
Moscow Ballet Announces 2nd Annual Summer Intensives in 11 Cities Coast to Coast
Local Ballet Students work 1-on-1 with Moscow Ballet Instructors
Moscow Ballet's Alisa Boltnikova and Yuriy Kuzo in Vaganova Ballet Class
Interviews, high-resolution images and video: Sally Michael Keyes 413.445-4826 [email protected]
(Berkshires, Mass.) January 30, 2020 – Due to popular demand, Moscow Ballet Soloists Alisa Bolotnikova and Yuriy Kuzo return to lead 11 weeks of intensive classes in Russian ballet for the 2nd summer in U.S. cities from coast to coast. When not on tour, Alisa teaches students at the Kharkov Ballet College, some of whom have been accepted in the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theatre. Alisa states, “For me, ballet is not just movement and not just technical. Every time I say that you dance with your emotion, all your heart, all your soul.” Yuriy performs many classic roles including the pas de trois Spanish Dance in Swan Lake; Birbanto in Le Corsaire, and the Abbot in “Carmina Burana.” He shares, “My task as a teacher is to improve the students technique, their foundation, and to teach them how to act to express the deepest emotion.” Intensive cities are Atlanta, Denver, Fairfax, Houston, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Charleston, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Jose, and Seattle. The Moscow Ballet dancers lead classes that American dance studios cannot always provide, such as Russian repertory of the classic ballets, character lessons and boy/girl partnering. The Intensives run all week with full days and are open to intermediate to advanced ballet students. On the last day of the session students give a presentation of what they have learned. Class sizes are limited to guarantee personal teaching. To find out more about the Intensives and the sign up go to www.nutcracker.com/intensives.
Moscow Ballet Summer Intensive Locations:
Atlanta, June 14 - June 19 at Host Studio Atlanta Professional Dance Academy
Denver, August 2 - August 7 at Host Studio Cherry Creek Dance
Fairfax, VA July 19 - July 24 at Host Studio Gift of Dance Academy
Houston, May 31 – June 5 at Host Studio Mitsi Dancing School
Jacksonville, July 12 - July 17 at Host Studio Alius Dance School
Nashville, July 5 - July 10 at Host Studio Middle Tennessee Youth Ballet
North Charleston, July 26 - July 31 at Host Studio Ballet Academy of Charleston
Philadelphia, June 21 - June 26 at Host Studio Pennsylvania School of Performing Arts
San Antonio, June 7 - June 12 at Host Studio Trilogy Dance Center
San Jose, June 28 - July 3 at Host Studio Saratoga School of Dance
Seattle, August 9 - August 14 at Host Studio American Dance Institute
Alisa Bolotnikova premiered as a Soloist with Moscow Ballet in 2016 and is an Audition Director in the “Dance with Us” program teaching, coaching and rehearsing thousands of American ballet students coast to coast annually. When not on tour, Alisa teaches ballet, choreography, gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics. She also teaches students at the Kharkov Ballet College, some of whom have been accepted in the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Yuriy Kuzo has danced professionally his entire life. In 2018 he premiered as Moscow Ballet Soloist in the Great Russian Nutcracker and Audition Director for the Dance with Us program. Yuriy took his first steps in dance when he was 6 years old and fell in love with the magic of dancing. Yuriy performs Baron von Rothbart, the pas de trois Spanish Dance and the Hungarian Dance in Swan Lake; Drosselmeier, Rat King and Spanish dance in The Nutcracker; Espado, Bolero and Jig in Don Quixote; Birbanto in Le Corsaire; the Abbot in “Carmina Burana”; one of the four Suitors in “Sleeping Beauty;” King Claudius in “Hamlet” and more classic ballet roles.
Moscow Ballet – brings three companies of 36 Vaganova trained dancers to North America each fall to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker and other classic story ballets in more than 130 cities coast to coast, including Canada. The companies include dance artists that have been recognized with government designated titles such as “Honored Artist” and competitive industry awards including International Ballet Competition recognition for the Principal Artists, Featured Artists and Musical Artists. In addition to live performances and pre-tour Moscow Ballet implements its signature Community Engagement programs: “Dance with Us,” “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life,” and Musical Wunderkind, engaging American adults and children in interactive art experiences with the Russian professionals. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment - is the exclusive representation for Moscow Ballet’s North American Tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker and more story ballets as well as Community Engagement programs including Summer Intensives. The performance tour travels to 130+ cities from coast to coast. Talmi Entertainment is led by Dan Talmi and was founded by Akiva Talmi; producer, composer and recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Richard Rodgers, and Leonard Bernstein Awards. www.talmientertainment.com.