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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:52 AM

A homeless man is accused of stalking students at a ballet academy in Orlando.

Authorities said that Rick Hoffman was circling the ballet school on a bike and taking pictures of the students inside. The police were contacted by the owner of the Russian Academy of Ballet, Katerina Fedotova, and the mother of one of the students at the school.

The Orlando Sentinel

Around the same time, a student's mother arrived at the studio to pick up her daughter and saw Hoffman across the street fighting. The woman locked the door to the studio from the outside while another mother called police. As she waited in her car, she saw Hoffman return to the studio, reports show.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

A preview of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in an all-Fokine program by Sarah Kaufman in The Washington Post.

“This is the historical place of these ballets,” Yuri Fateev, the Mariinsky Ballet’s deputy director, says by phone from St. Petersburg recently. “They move back home.”

Fateev is speaking metaphorically, as a caretaker of a coveted prize. In truth, “Firebird” and “Scheherazade” are more like orphans than native Mariinsky works, although they were created as precisely that — Russian ballets, made for export. Fokine, a former Mariinsky dancer, has the uprooted biography of so many great Russian artists of his period.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:55 AM

Staten Island Ballet celebrates Buenos Aires.

Ellen Tharp, artistic director of the Staten Island Ballet and a 2008 Advance Woman of Achievement, reveals that dazzling damsels — dancers of the renowned Staten Island Ballet — will be featured in an exotic floor show that promises to sizzle amid a backdrop of art treasures and one-of-a-kind set designs created by Eugene Sorensen and Donald DeRosa.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:00 PM

Guillaume Côté will appear on the NBC's "Ballet with the Stars." Item in brief.

Guillaume Côté, a principal dancer with the National Ballet since 2004, epitomizes the overachieving artist: In addition to being a top Canadian dancer and choreographer, Côté also writes and performs music.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

More on thei dismissal of Nikolai Tsiskaridze from the Bolshoi.

The famed ballet dancer said that his sacking was also to prevent any public criticism from his other colleagues, “who could possibly feel like criticizing the Bolshoi’s administration in the future.”

Tsiskaridze threatened to take a legal action against the theater If the decision was not revoked, he told Moskovsky Komsomolets. The dancer said terminating his contract was illegal according to the Russian Labor Code as he wasn’t offered to fill the full-time position.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:30 PM

Stalking charges are dropped against the man in the Orlando case.

The judge said that there was no probable cause to charge Rick Hoffman for stalking.

Authorities said that Hoffman was circling the ballet school on a bike and taking pictures of the students inside.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:32 PM

A review of English National Ballet in "Strictly Gershwin" by Louise Levene in The Telegraph.

Wednesday’s cast was a reminder of ENB’s current strength. Elena Glurdjidze’s melting torso and tremulous pas de bourrée infused the Man I Love duet with womanly warmth. The debonair James Streeter’s high shoulders and effortless partnering were a worthy homage to Astaire in Shall We Dance, and he was a fine match for the pincurl-perfect Begona Cao.


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