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  1. Saturday, November 4, 2017; 4:00 PM Fort Wayne Ballet Studios (300 E. Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802) To purchase tickets click HERE Sunday, November 5, 2017; 1:00 PM Hudson Library and Historical Society (96 Library Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236) *David Hallberg in conversation with Pam Young, Executive Director, DanceCleveland. Books available for sale by The Learned Owl. Click HERE to RSVP Wednesday, November 8, 2017; 7:00 PM Little City Books @ Mile Square Theater (1400 Clinton Street. Hoboken, NJ 07030) *In conversation with Misty Copeland, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. To purchase tickets click HERE Thursday, November 9, 2017; 7:00 PM 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Warburg Lounge, New York, NY) *In conversation with Derek Blasberg, editor and New York Times bestselling author. To purchase tickets click HERE Thursday, November 30, 2017; 7:30 PM Princeton University *A Conversation with David Hallberg. Sponsored by Princeton Tonight and Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students Also, I have five copies of his book to give away. Click here for more details: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/10/win-copy-of-ballet-star-david-hallbergs.html
  2. This is in the early stages:
  3. When I asked what the Russian for “speed bump” is, I was told it’s lezhashchii politseiskii, which means “lying-down policeman.” Just to point out, the British English word for a speed bump is a "sleeping policeman", which I really doubt they loan-translate from Russian, so this tidbit doesn't reveal anything unique about Russia.
  4. 2017-18 Season

    I was quite impressed by it and could understand the buzz about this dancer, especially considering he was a fairly last-miinute replacement for Matthias Heymann.
  5. 2017-18 Bolshoi cinema season

    Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar Antonijevic from the National Ballet of Canada have been in Moscow for the last couple of weeks teaching the Bolshoi the Ratmansky R&J, so I am sure that is the version that will be broadcast. Not that I would pay to go and see it, mind.
  6. 2017 Fall Season

    What do y'all think about this teaser video for Swan Lake? For me, it's a bit odd. Kinda makes you think it's a ballet about... tiaras (if it's a ballet at all... there's no dancing going on, just the tiaras).
  7. NYCB dancers who didn't go to SAB

    Robert Tewsley joined as a principal from the Royal Ballet in 2002.
  8. 2017-18 Season

    I have some travel tips for ballet lovers going to Sarasota here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/05/travel-tips-for-ballet-lovers-sarasota.html
  9. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I am one of the latter! I gave it many chances, but found I disliked it more each time I saw it.
  10. more info and screening dates here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/08/ballet-film-polina-opens-in-usa-august.html
  11. Bronislava Nijinska: the novel

    Author event in New York: Date and Time Tue, September 12, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Location The Kosciuszko Foundation 15 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 United States Free, but advance registration is required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-authors-evening-with-eva-stachniak-tickets-36526682290
  12. Participants have been announced for the Canada All-Star Ballet Gala on Oct 28th at Sony Centre, Toronto: Timofej Andrijashenko, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy Emma Hawes, National Ballet of Canada Isaac Hernández, English National Ballet, London, UK Marlon Dino, Dortmund Ballet, Germany (formerly Bavarian State Ballet) Jurgita Dronina, English National Ballet, London, UK & National Ballet of Canada Christopher Gerty, National Ballet of Canada Maria Kochetkova, San Francisco Ballet & American Ballet Theatre, USA Lucia Lacarra, Dortmund Ballet, Germany (formerly Bavarian State Ballet) Carlo Di Lanno, San Francisco Ballet, USA Anastasia Lukina, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia Svetlana Lunkina, National Ballet of Canada Evan Mackie, National Ballet of Canada Nicoletta Manni, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy Hugo Marchand, Paris Opera Ballet, France Ludmila Pagliero, Paris Opera Ballet, France Piotr Stanczyk, National Ballet of Canada Dmitry Vyskubenko, Bavarian Opera Ballet, Munich, Germany
  13. POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

    Hannah is from New Zealand.
  14. National Tap Dance Company of Canada

    not a joke name. Remembering Tap Dancing William “Bill” Orlowski By Marissa Trarback William Orlowski (1988) / Photo by David Cooper William “Bill” Orlowski, one of the greatest Canadian tap dancers and choreographers, died October 22, 2016. Born in Brampton, ON, Orlowski began tap dancing at a young age. It was dance films of Fred Astaire that first inspired him to dance, according to the Arts Alive website. He trained at the Marise White School of Dance in Port Credit and with Gladys Forrester before moving to Toronto to work in television and in professional musical theatre, as well as to perform in various community theatre productions. In 1977, Orlowski opened Hoofer’s Club in Toronto, the first dance school in Canada to focus solely on the art of tapping. He co-founded the National Tap Dance Company with Steve Dymond and remained involved as artistic director and choreographer for thirty years, creating over forty works including The Tin Soldier, Oliver Button is a Sissy, Hound of the Baskervilles and Brandenburg Concerto #3. As a choreographer, Orlowski challenged the parameters of tap dancing by refusing to allow vaudeville conventions to define the art form. Instead, he communicated plot through rhythm and movement, encouraging narration and storytelling. Orlowski continued to explore opportunities in film, choreographing for such films as Stepping Out (1991) with Liza Minnelli. In 1990, he started his own company, the William Orlowski Tap Dance Projects, through which he choreographed more works for the concert stage, including the Shaw Festival’s 2001 production of the Noël Coward musical Shadow Play. The Arts Alive website also notes that his sense of civic responsibility often accompanied his artistic talent. His work with Smile Company, a theatre group that performs for people in hospitals and nursing homes, exemplifies that. After his diagnosis with dystonia – a neurological movement disorder closely related to Parkinson’s – Orlowski continued dancing, performing as recently as October 2, 2016, in Well Seasoned Production’s Curtains Up on 50+. He performed, as his friend and colleague Anne Wootten recalls, “as always, with style, grace and humour.”
  15. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    The "idea" was Tchaikovsky's. He wrote the part for children's chorus.