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Eric Conrad: Russians Hire/Teach Americans for Money


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#16 Helene

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:27 PM

His expresses his disdain for the Mikhailovsky Ballet as not even third rate. The Mikhailovsky doesn't have a training academy and traditionally got dancers, however good, who weren't hired by their affiliate companies. It can't be defiled by foreigners.

The billionaire businessman who runs it doesn't come from the great traditions of the theater, etc. As a result he's made some pretty great business moves in his hiring.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:06 PM

Mr. Conrad seems comfortable with making sweeping statements, implying expertise and insider knowledge.. I am curious as to whether his own credentials actually the impression he is trying to make.

A cursory search on Google turns up quite a lot of talk about his teaching method, based on a course of study at the Bolshoi, but not much about his other qualifications. If this were a trial, would he be accepted as an "expert witness"?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:26 PM

If you follow the link above to the thread about him on BT4D, there is a discussion about his teaching credentials, which are solid. It was not like he got diplomas from the Dasha Dinkleovna Academy.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:15 PM

Dasha Dinkleovna Academy.


Oh ouch!

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:06 AM

I understand that the teaching credentials are authentic. I was wondering more about the extent of his connection with, and understanding of, the larger world of Russian ballet.

Some teachers and trainee teachers are very much part of all aspects their art, including performance, close ties with working dancers, a range of contacts with the company, etc. Others have more limited experience outside the actual classroom.

Of course, everyone has a right to his or her opinion, as YouTube demonstrates many times each day. But Mr. Conrad's statements imply that he has extensive experience within the Russian ballet world and with those who inhabit it, the kind of experience that leads to real (or at least "insider") knowledge.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:41 AM

Or a desire to reinvent the wheel with himself at the center of it. Just speaking from appearances, but the devil is in the details.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:58 AM

I'd really love to know what he's trying to do. Is it to just to sell his fitness and Conrad Method DVD's? Because he's said he no longer wants anything to do with the States due to the "American attitude". Seems a bit of a waste if his credential are, in fact, real.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:18 AM

When Peter Boal took over PNB, 1/3 of the dancers had been his students at SAB, and since then he's hired more, a handful of whom danced in other companies first. I wouldn't doubt a teacher's ability to have an extensive network.

His credibility in the Russian dance community and the depth of his relationships with his students and other dancers isn't anything we can judge without being in that world, and unless someone from that world speaks on the record about it, we really haven't that much to go on. He certainly makes himself vulnerable if his claims are not true or highly exaggerated. If he's going back to Russia to make his film, it's hard to imagine him getting a warm reception if they think he's a liar, unless it is somehow advantageous to them.

As far as his intent to sell DVD's, I think it's pretty clear from the distracting footage in the background of his video blogs, which, like infomercials, rely upon great length and constant repetition.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:40 PM

... Because he's said he no longer wants anything to do with the States due to the "American attitude". ...


Posted on his Facebook page is a callout for ballet dancer models from 3 countries, including America, for what sounds like a coffee-table book of dancer photos.

As part of our 2013 projects, we're publishing an art photography book of ballet images shot and edited by Eric Conrad to accompany his new film being shot it Russia. In addition to featuring the Russian Artists starring in the film, we will be selecting ballet models in America, England(London), Russia. This announcement is specifically for Americans. Please send us a quick message here on fb if you are interested. This is paid work, your fee will be based on your value to the project. Eric is interested in working with skilled, beautiful ballet dancers not professional models. We are casting for both young men and women.




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