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Ann Arbor's Stars of Russian Ballet Gala

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FYI- The Academy of Russian Classical Ballet located in Novi, Michigan is presenting a recital titled ‘Stars of the Russian Ballet Gala’ on 8 -27-11. The presenters, Sergey and Jessica Rayevskiy, presented a similar recital last year. In the 2010 performance, there were dancers from the Maryinski Ballet, but this year their visas were denied.

Instead, this program will present Daniel Simkin from ABT, Maria Kochetkova, and Gennadi Nedvigin from San Francisco Ballet, Joseph Phillips of ABT and Ana Sophia Scheller of NYCB. Also appearing, will be Patricia Zhou of Canton, and Haley Schwan of Howell, each of whom recently won the Lausanne competition. Ms. Zhou has been promoted as apprentice with the Royal Ballet, and Ms. Schwan with the Berlin Staatsballet.

The Rayevskiy’s, presenters,..... “began the workshop in 2008, motivated to help ballet students in Michigan experience the ballet world.”

“There aren’t tremendous opportunities for students in Michigan..” they said....”we wanted to find some ways to help them and to move on to other places”.

Other promises the presenters gave were.....” solos, pas de deux and scenes from the great 19th century repertoire (think Swan Lake and Giselle and Dying Swan) as well as contemporary classics as Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux and Les Bourgeois,[sic???] a work immortalized on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ by ABT superstar Daniel Simkin”. Tickets are $24 to $56 plus $10 processing fee per ticket for TicketMaster. The performance will take place at the University of Michigan Power Center at 7 am.
(The article appeared in ’ Ann Arbor.com’ by S Isaacs NIsbett).

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