Peter and the Wolf + KidsFest & Garden Fairies this Saturday

Kids’ Fest + Peter and The Wolf – Cleveland School of Dance.

Mar 12, 2011
Pre-show activities:  12:45 / Performance:  2:00

Tickets Available through Playhouse Square NOW!!!

Pre-show activities will begin at 12:45 and include a balloon artist, Face painting, Pictures with Peter and the Wolf characters, Crafts for children, and the CSD Boutique.

Dance performance include:
– ‘Garden Fairies’ set to music from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
– “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev


Cleveland School of Dance “Peter and the Wolf”

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Ballet Inspired Fashion

Ballet Inspired FashionBallet and fashion have always made a great couple, both forms of art, both built on drama and beauty, with jaw dropping pieces of clothing at their centre. For over a hundred years they have enjoyed a fruitful relationship, from Coco Chanel’s costumes for the Ballet Russes, to Yves Saint Laurent’s 1977 catwalk collection inspired by the very same Russian ballet company.

Ballet chic is set to be huge through spring and summer 2011. Black Swan has already won a Golden Globes Award for leading lady Natalie Portman and coming soon is Emily Blunt also playing a ballerina in the movie The Adjustment Bureau along side Matt Damon. The clothes of ballerinas have long played a part in today’s fashion culture but with Hollywood’s renewed facination in all things ballet we can expect an explosion of dance inspired clothing hitting the high street  …go here to read the entire entry

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The Longest Ballet…

The longest ballet is Sleeping Beauty. Because it is the longest ballet ever written and one of the most elaborate, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty is seldom danced entire. It takes over two hours.

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What is a “principal dancer”?

principal dancer

Sketch of a Principal Dancer

WHAT IS A PRINCIPAL DANCER?  A principal dancer is a dancer at the highest rank within a professional dance company, particularly a ballet company.

A principal may be male or female. Principals are hired by, or promoted from within, a company to regularly perform not only solos, but also pas de deux. It is a coveted position in the company and the most prominent position a dancer can receive. The term is used mostly in ballet but is also used in other forms such as modern dance. The terms prima ballerina, premier danseur, and première danseuse have been used to denote similar levels of prominence. The principal dancer is usually the star of the ballet.

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Medieval Dance (via 21 Music Genre)

A short and interesting history and reproductions of the foundations of ballet.

Medieval Dance A dance in Europe in the Middle Ages, being composed of some depictions in paintings and illuminations. The first detailed descriptions of dancing only date from 1450 in Italy, which is after the start of the Renaissance. … Read More

via 21 Music Genre

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Solea / Flamenco Event at Cleveland School of Dance March 5-6 2011

Solea at Cleveland School of DanceEthan Margolis will teach a workshop for dancers and guitarists on Soleá/Soleares at Cleveland School of Dance. The workshop will cover compas (flamenco rhythm), palmas, structure, cante, llamadas, remates, and marcajes within dance. It is the perfect introduction or review course for those interested in understanding Soleá.

Where: Cleveland School of Dance, 1635 Lee Road Cleveland Heights, 44118

Times: 2:00 – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday (March 5 & 6, 2011)

Parking: Free parking on Whitethorn Rd. – (the side street of the studio) or metered parking in front of the studio. (Do not park in the lot across the street from studio – they’ll tow you!)

Pre-paid price: $85 (check received before March 1)
Regular price: $100 (check received on or after March 1)
Drop-in Fee (per day): $60

Registration: please email a confirmation to: then mail payment to:

Marcia Loebick
16408 Westdale Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44135-4220
MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: Arte y Pureza Productions


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Ballet Short Facts

1. A Male dancer lifts over one and a half tonnes worth of ballerinas during performances
2. Professional ballerinas can typically wear out 2-3 pairs of pointe shoes per week
3. One tutu can cost up to about 1700 to make.
4. A tutu can require 60-90 hours of labor and approximately 100 yards of ruffle.
5. A 3 hour ballet performance is the equivalent of 2 90-minute soccer games back to back or running 18 miles.
6. Pointe shoes add around 7 inches of new height to a dancer.
7. A prima ballerina can complete 32 fouette turns all the while staying in the exact same spot on the floor. After the turns, her pointe shoe tip is HOT to the touch.  Thereafter the shoes are so worn that they are typically only used for rehearsal.

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