Eric Conrad: Russians Hire/Teach Americans for Money
Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:27 PM
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.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:06 PM
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"?
Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:26 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:06 AM
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.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:41 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:58 AM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 10:18 AM
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.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:40 PM
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.
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