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Victoria Leigh

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About Victoria Leigh

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    teacher, former dancer
  • City**
    Atlanta area
  • State (US only)**, Country (Outside US only)**
    Georgia
  1. 2017 Fund Raiser

    Dear Members, We are again at the point of needing to cover the costs of running Ballet Talk for Dancers and Ballet Alert!, and we need your help! Your donations are used ONLY to cover the fees to Invisionzone and the cost of the bank account services and PayPal. In 2015, with your fabulous help, including the help from your purchases on Amazon made by going through our link, we reached goal in about a month, which was great! The Donation form on the Home Page for credit cards will activate March 6. 2017. (Detailed instructions are here.) If you are using your phone, you will need to scroll to find the donation information. We are asking for $25 donations, but will graciously accept anything that you can do. The fund raiser will end as soon as we reach the goal needed to keep us afloat for a year. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to BALLET TALK, and mail to: BALLET TALK 11165 Abbotts Station Dr Johns Creek, GA 30097 ***PLEASE PUT YOUR SCREEN NAME OR REGISTERED EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR CHECK, or on your ELECTRONIC DONATION FORM, SO THAT WE KNOW WHO TO THANK!!!!!!!!!! Victoria Leigh Administrator LIFE ISN'T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS...
  2. To Q&A

    The box has not been activated yet. It should be on the home page later today.
  3. 2015 FUND RAISER

    Update...we were not able to get the donation form up today due to technical problems. It may be two or three days before it is functional. Please stay tuned!!!
  4. 2015 FUND RAISER

    Dear Members, We are again at the point of needing to cover the costs of running Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers, and we need your help! Your donations are used ONLY to cover the fees to Invisionzone and the cost of the bank account services for allowing credit card donations. In 2014, with your fabulous help, including the help from your purchases on Amazon made by going through our link, we reached goal in record time in well under a month! The Donation form on the Home Page for credit cards will activate APRIL1. We are asking for $20 donations, but will graciously accept anything that you can do. The fund raiser will end as soon as we reach the goal needed to keep us afloat for a year. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to BALLET TALK, and mail to: BALLET TALK 11165 Abbotts Station Dr Johns Creek, GA 30097 ***PLEASE PUT YOUR SCREEN NAME OR REGISTERED EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR CHECK, or on your ELECTRONIC DONATION FORM, SO THAT WE KNOW WHO TO THANK!!!!!!!!!! Victoria Leigh Administrator
  5. FUNDRAISER Time (2014)

    We are getting close, everyone, but still need a little bit more to get us through. Would love to get this over with this week!!! Thank you so very much to all who have donated so far! Cubanmiamiboy, there might be a way, I don't know, but I really don't want to go there! Sorry
  6. FUNDRAISER Time (2014)

    Hello everyone! Just wanted to let you know that, after a very slow couple of days, yesterday was much better, and started off well this morning. So, we are over half way now. Really would like to get this over and done for this year by the end of March! Thank you so very much to all who have donated so far!!!
  7. FUNDRAISER Time

    THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!! We hit goal this morning, so the fundraiser can come down for another year!
  8. FUNDRAISER Time

    Hi everyone on Ballet Alert! I received a number of posts lately stating that they can't get the donation form to work. There seem to be some problems with certain browsers not handling the form and giving an error page. So, I tried it, using Google Chrome, which is my usual browser, and immediately got an error page. So, I went to Safari, and it went right through and I had an immediate receipt, both in my personal box, and the email notifications came right away to Ballet Talk's Contact Us email account. So, it seems that a part of the reason for the huge slow down in donations lately might be due to this problem. Please, if you can, try a different browser! We are close, but not there, and not nearly as close as I would like to be after this much time having the donation box there on the home pages of our sites! Would love to get this over with very soon!!! We are just barely over two-thirds of the way there in terms of getting us through another year. I really do not want to run another fund raiser in 8 months.
  9. FUNDRAISER Time

    Sunday, March 10, update. A few checks came in and we have hit the two-thirds mark. This is great! But, we really need your help if we are going to get this board paid for through March of next year!. With 3500 members here, and 15500 on BTforD, I was really hoping for more than 67 donations by this time. To those who have donated, we really appreciate your generosity and your appreciation of Ballet Talk for Dancers and Ballet Alert! If you have not done it yet, please think about getting it done as soon as possible. Thank you!!!
  10. FUNDRAISER Time

    Hello everyone! We got off to a great start, and we really appreciate your generous donations so far, but I'm afraid that it has slowed down too much this past week. We are at 50% now, slightly over, but that still only covers half a year, so please get your donations in as soon as you can so that we don't have to either keep going endlessly on this one, or have another one in a few months. Just a reminder to PLEASE put your screen name or email address on the donation form or check!!! I trying to get a thank you note to everyone, but it is complicated if I don't know who you are! Thank you! Victoria
  11. UPGRADE COMPLETE

    I was able to access this site going directly from BTforD, and it is working, but, when I tried to access it from my bookmarked list or directly with typing in the address I only get the home page and it is blank except for the top red title bar. If I click on Sign In, nothing comes up. The same appears to be happening for some people on BTforD. And, if I try to go back to BTforD from the link on this page, it does open at all.
  12. Mark Goldweber

    Another major, and way too early, loss to the ballet world, to young dancers, and to those of us who knew and loved him. And everyone who knew him loved him. Mark was one of the good ones, in every way. I first met him when he was 12 years old, in Miami, and he was just one of those special kids, who grew up to be a special dancer, teacher, and an exceptional ballet master. He will be be greatly missed by many, many people.
  13. Annual Fundraiser

    And thank you from all of us on Ballet Talk for Dancers, too! Lots and lots of to you all!!!
  14. Pereyaslavec

    She stood about 5' tall...maybe. She had a voice that boomed out like it came from a giant. She screamed a lot, and insisted on absolute attention in class by all, even the professionals. One must never lean on a barre, or practice in the back and distract her, and if by any chance your "feeefth positione" was not perfect at the barre, you were doomed forever.
  15. Claudia Cravey in London

    No, Claudia Cravey (not Creavey) and Clara Cravey are sisters. Clara also danced professionally and taught at the Houston Ballet Academy, becoming principal of the school for many, many years. Claudia was a phenomenon as a child, truly special and way beyond any other child dancer I have ever seen. She was not a Joyce Cuoco, in that she was not about tricks. She was a young classical artist, with line, technique, musicality, and incredible artistry. She was not making a gazillion pirouettes at 12, she was looking much more like a miniature ballerina. She grew into a top notch dancer with Harkness, and retired young to marry and have children. Her daughter is a principal with Ben Stevenson's company now, and Claudia has been Ballet Mistress of Ballet Florida from 1981 until now. She also teaches in the school and is an exceptional teacher. So is Clara Cravey, who is now free lancing as a guest teacher around the country. They were both trained by JoAnna Kneeland, prior to her work at Harkness. So was I. Claudia starred as the Princess as a child in the production of The Princess, in London, in 1960. Violette Verdy was indeed the grown up princess. However, JoAnna was not the adult star in the original production in Palm Beach, although Michael Maule was. JoAnna was in the production in an important role, but Violette Verdy was the original Princess. In the London production the male star was Pierre Lacotte. I was a soloist in the production, both in Palm Beach and London. Claudia's last name was changed for the Coppelia film, and I believe that she kept that during her professonal career with Harkness.
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