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Thursday, March 29, 2012

BEAUTIFUL Theme & Variations performance

with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland:

If you love ballet, check out my season of outstanding ballet trips in 2012-13 by clicking here.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Watch National Ballet of Canada Class

Don’t miss your chance to watch the dancers of
The National Ballet of Canada take Class on Stage! 
Artist-in-Residence Rex Harrington will lead the dancers in their daily training routine in front of a live audience at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 am. Senior Ballet Master Peter Ottmann will narrate the event, providing insightful and educational commentary.
Tickets are $10 each ($5 for children) and can be purchased online or by calling 416 345 9595.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Free performance at Canada's National Ballet School

On Wednesday, April 4, the National Ballet School Post Secondary Program students are performing their next Open Stage Presentation of the year. This free presentation happens at 5:00pm.  Students will dance both classical and contemporary works on stage at the Betty Oliphant Theatre,
404 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario

This show has limited seating, to RSVP please call the NBS Box Office at 416-964-5148 and leave a message with your name, phone number and how many seats you wish to reserve.

Monday, March 19, 2012

$60 orchestra seats for National Ballet of Canada Seagull

Less than half-price tickets in the orchestra for John Neumeier's Seagull Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm are available through TeamBuy till midnight Friday 23. Click here.

Getting in touch with one's inner cygnet

Dutch schoolchildren enjoy a great Swan Lake workshop with Dutch National Ballet.Very cute and funny!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ballet and Parkinson's

Take a look at this fascinating and uplifting video from English National Ballet about the beneficial effects of ballet classes for Parkinson's. Click here.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Balanchine and Robbins

Nice trailer advertising NYCB's visit to Baden-Baden, featuring clips from Dances at a Gathering, Divertimento No. 15, Tarantella, Symphony in Three Movements.

New York City Ballet wieder in Deutschland from Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

50% off Sleeping Beauty tickets at National Ballet of Canada

Save 50% on The Sleeping Beauty for March Break! Purchase orchestra tickets for Tuesday March 13 at 2:00 pm or Thursday, March 15 at 2:00 pm and get 50% off the regular ticket price. Use Promo code: BALLETNEWS. Get tickets at

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flattened by falling dancers: Tales from the National Ballet of Canada orchestra

An interesting article about the challenges and perils of being a musician in a ballet orchestra.
Click here.

Monday, March 5, 2012

NYCB in Saratoga Springs 2012

This is a very important question if you are at all interested in seeing New York City Ballet in Saratoga Springs with Tours en l'air this July. I need to start planning this trip very soon if enough people are interested for me to proceed to the next planning stage. Please let me know ASAP. You are not committing to anything at this point, but I need to have a general idea in order to establish a price. The more people, the lower the cost, so encouraging your friends to come along is in your own best interest!

 The program would be as follows:

 Tuesday July 17, 8 pm:
 Russian Seasons (Alexei Ratmansky)
 Sinfonia (Martins)
 Moves (Robbins)
 Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Balanchine)

 Wednesday July 18, 8 pm:
 Romeo + Juliet (Martins)

 Thursday July 19: depart Saratoga

 We would have dinner before each program. In addition, the Wednesday performance is billed as a "Girls Night Out". I don't know what this consists of exactly, but last year it was described as follows: "Experience complimentary massages, mini mani-pedi's, yoga, makeup consultations, hair blowouts, nutrition advice, complimentary fine wine, chocolate tastings and more!"

 As for last year, we would provide transport there for those needing it, either by bus from Toronto or a train-bus combination (train to Kingston, bus between Kingston and Saratoga). Last year the bus fare Toronto-Saratoga including transfers back and forth between the hotel and the theatre was $200.

 My estimated price at the moment for the package (not including transportation) is about $750, but as I said before, I can't give a firm price till I have some idea how many people I should be basing my costing on.

 Please let me know if you are interested, and if so whether you would be driving yourself or needing the bus/train.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Casting for Bolshoi live broadcast of Le Corsaire March 11th

Medora, a young Greek girl, Isaac Lanquedem's ward
(including "Le Jardin Anime" and Grand pas des eventails)
Svetlana Lunkina
Conrad, a corsairRuslan Skvortsov
Seyd, the PachaAlexei Loparevich
Birbanto, one of the chief corsairsAndrei Merkuriev
Zulmea, the Pacha's favorite sultanaKristina Karasyova
Gulnare, the Pacha's slave-girl
(including "Le Jardin Anime" and Grand pas des eventails)
Nina Kaptsova
Isaac Lanquedem, bazaar-ownerGennadi Yanin
Keeper of Seyd, the Pacha's haremAndrei Sitnikov
EunuchsAlexander Petukhov
Yegor Simachev
Vasily Zhidkov
A NegressAnastasia Vinokur
A MuftiAlexander Fadeyechev
Pas d'esclavesVyacheslav Lopatin
Anastasia Stashkevich
Pas de Trois des Odalisques
First Odalisque
Olga Kishnyova
Second OdalisqueAnna Nikulina
Third OdalisqueAnna Tikhomirova
Danse des forbans
Anna Antropova
Andrei Merkuriev
Danse des forbansAnna Balukova
Georgy Geraskin
Anastasia Meskova
Alexander Vodopetov
"Le Jardin Anime"Xenia Kern
Daria Khokhlova

Joo Yun Bae
Alesya Gradova (Boyko)
Yulia Lunkina
Svetlana Pavlova
Grand Pas des EventailsAlesya Gradova (Boyko)
Yulia Lunkina
Svetlana Pavlova
Maria Prorvich
Maria Vinogradova
Victoria Yakusheva (Osipova)

Artem Ovcharenko
ConductorPavel Klinichev

Apparently this will also be live-streamed on youtube starting at 7 pm Moscow time zone.