Vaganova Technique-Natalia Makarova

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I find it amazing that she had only six years at the Vaganova school and is such an excellent technician. Her artistic talents are equally as amazing, she makes every movement look effortless, as it should look. They look like dances for the stage not just exercises for class. I’m grateful that my teacher is teaching me like this, it really is superior.

Enjoy, the incredible Natalia Makarova!

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Natalia Makarova In Class

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Above is a video of Natalia Makarova working at the barre. This training is, of course, the excellent Vaganova method that was taught so beautifully at the Kirov School. My teacher (Studied under Pushkin, Nureyev and Baryshnikov’s teacher) was also taught just as well, a principal dancer at the Kirov Ballet, and taught pas de deux and classical ballet at the Kirov School as well. If any one is interested in this beautiful training he and his wife are holding a summer intensive and you can find more information about it on this page: https://www.facebook.com/NYBISI2015?fref=ts

Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Especially to my own mum,

Mom,

You are my best friend, my confidant, you help me up when I fall down, and when something goes right- you hand me wings so I can fly to greater heights. You do everything for me, getting me to and from ballet (and everything that entails…) watching the countless ballet videos I heap upon you, telling me if my bun is neat for class, giving me tips and advice for every thing imaginable, helping me stretch- and inventing new ways to do so, buying me pretty things, feeding me, caring for me when I’m sick or injured, and so much more it’s impossible to write everything! I know that without you I could not have gotten to where I am today and I am so grateful and thankful to have you as a Mommie. I love you so much! I hope you have a great Mother’s Day 🙂

This video is a tribute to ballet moms all over 🙂 Enjoy, and happy Mom’s day! Call your mom! 🙂

Aingeal Scarlett Ballet Fund-Help a ballet dancer dance!

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http://www.gofundme.com/aingealscarlett

Please consider donating to my GoFundMe account! You can do so at the above link, I would be so grateful. If you can’t personally donate, but know of someone who might be able to please, share it with your friends and family and help me spread the word!

This opportunity means the world to me, and unfortunately I can’t rent a studio to practice in without funds… Please, if you can donate or share… Thank you!!

Love,

Aingeal

Rest In Peace-The Great Maya Plisetskaya

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Yesterday was a very sad day for balletomanes everywhere, yesterday marked the death of Maya Plisetskaya, the Bolshoi Ballet’s Prima Ballerina. Maya was one of the most gifted artists to ever grace the stage, a true virtuoso performer that could dance any and every role. It feels unreal to me that she has passed away, one of my idols, that I will never be able to meet… Below is a video of Maya in Raymonda. Enjoy, and RIP Maya Plisetskaya.

Don Quixote

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Below is the full pas de deux from Don Quixote 3rd act (Wedding Pas De Deux) of Kitri and Basil. This is the Bolshoi Ballet version with Maria Alexandrova and Vladislav Lantratov.

This video is also the Don Quixote pas de deux, however it is with the Kirov Ballet, the dancers being Olesya Novikova and Leonid Sarafanov.

Both couples are some of my favorite dancers, and they are all wonderfully talented and different in their technical and artistic approach to this pas de deux, and I think it is very interesting when comparing the two. Enjoy!