We are so blessed to have her teaching Sacred and Ballet classes here at Prairie School of Dance. Just read on to learn more about her amazing heart and talent.
Can’t get to London? Never fear, the Royal Opera Ballet is coming to YOU!
We were recently made aware of a special opportunity here in our community and hope some of you can participate! This would be a great mother-daughter outing or special night-out with your friends from class!
Attend a showing of The Royal Ballet’s SWAN LAKE or SLEEPING BEAUTY at AMC Eden Prairie theater in the Eden Prairie Center mall. Get your tickets online athttp://www.fathomevents.com/event/the-royal-ballet-cinema-season or at participating theaters! Tickets are $15 and are guaranteed seating.
Here is more information about the Royal Ballet and the event times.
THE ROYAL BALLET
Based at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, The Royal Ballet, led by Director Kevin O’Hare, is Britain’s largest ballet company and one of the world’s most respected ballet institutions. The Company has a wide-ranging repertory showcasing the great classical ballets, heritage works from Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, as well as new works by the foremost choreographers of today. Access is a key issue for the Company and its work is seen not just at the Royal Opera House but via cinematic performances and other visual mediums.
2014 ROYAL OPERA BALLET Cinema Series
2/20 SWAN LAKE
Program Length: 3 hours (Includes 2 Intermissions)
3/20 SLEEPING BEAUTY
Program Length: 2 hours 55 minutes (Includes 2 Intermissions)
Event Start Times: 7:00pm
Swan Lake – Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet. The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan, performed by Principal Dancer Zenaida Yanowsky, tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers. Other highlights include American Nehemiah Kish dancing the role of Prince Siegfried as well as the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendor of the royal palace. Anthony Dowell’s romantic interpretation returns the ballet to its 1895 origins by using the choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Dramatic costumes emphasize the contrast between human and spirit worlds, while glowing lanterns, shimmering fabrics and designs inspired by the work of Carl Fabergé create a magical setting.
The Sleeping Beauty – Perrault’s beloved fairytale, The Sleeping Beauty, is imbued with wonder and excitement in this sumptuous ballet. Exquisite costumes by Franca Squarciapino and spectacular sets by the celebrated Italian art director Ezio Frigerio provide a brilliant visual feast. The tale of an ill-fated princess played by American Sarah Lamb, an enchanted sleep and the magical power of a prince’s kiss is brought to life through Tchaikovsky’s incomparable score. The lead is danced by American dancer Sarah Lamb who delighted cinema audiences with her performance in The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which was shown nationwide in November of 2013.
Yes, it’s February. You might think it’s the perfect time to focus on our hearts but nope, we’re all about FEET this month! We asked our PSOD intern, Julia Moser-Hardy , to take some time contemplating this topic. Here are her thoughts on the stable, mobile foot. Enjoy!
“Stand with your feet parallel to each other, about 6 inches apart. Close your eyes. Count your breaths. One, two, three, four. Feel the powerful beat of your heart sending life out into your body, recharging you with every pulse. Descend your attention from your head down to your feet. Sense it drop through the tibia and imagine the base of this most vertical bone settling into the ankle joint.
Exhale. Are you perfectly still? Can you make you perfectly still?
Notice you sway subtly atop this joint, yet you stand stable. Feel the muscles and bones making slight adjustments (tich, tich, tich!) moving into and out of stability. In fact standing the flexed foot closes the ankle joint into its most stable position by bringing to head of the anklebone and the base of the tibia together. Your weight falls as a tripod through the anklebone into your heel and your inner and outermost metatarsal. These three points pass the weight of our drifting body back and forth creating a stable yet mobile base.
As dancers we spend hours building up muscle strength in the ankle to support the joint when it opens to a pointed foot or to stand in relevé. When the ankle joint opens space and soft tissue rushes in between the bones and the shape of this tripod changes, but this change is what our foot is made for. There are 33 joints in the foot. 33 pockets of space that allow the foot to change shape as our bodies move through life. We assume that muscles move the bones, but in truth it is the space inside a joint that allows the bones to respond to the action of the muscles. You need the space as much as you need the stable base.
What about your life? Do you have space in your life to accommodate an unruly metaphorical stone that causes you to trip? Do you have space to move between responsibilities with ease? Or are you budgeted and scheduled right up to where the bones of your life meet head to head? Taking the feet as a metaphor of the co-operation between mobility and stability, the dawn of a new year is the perfect time to set some goals for the year and afford your life an appropriate sense of both space and substance, joint and bone.”
We asked Julia her a handful of questions to help you get to know her better:
What is your major/minor at St. Olaf? What made you choose a school so far from home?
I am a senior Dance & Psychology double major at St. Olaf. I really enjoy the combination of these areas because they are both fields that concern the physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual aspects of living as human beings. I am originally from outside of Boston, MA, but my father used to work at Carleton across the river from St. Olaf so he encouraged me to look into midwestern schools. When I visited St. Olaf I remember visiting a dance class, and, (I’m sure they were told I was coming to observe,) when I came one of the then-juniors opened the door and welcomed me by name! I was so surprised!! The professor was not there that day, but they carried on with class as usual reviewing their combinations and I was so impressed that they were so dedicated to carry on and lead themselves in class without the professor there. It felt like a community I could really fit into.
How long have you been dancing and what do you hope to do after graduation?
I started dancing when I was 5. The small studio I went to prior to coming to St. Olaf only offered Ballet. After graduation I hope to take workshops and audition for whatever performing projects I can! I don’t want to give up performing yet, but I know I need to keep building my dance skills technically. At the moment I am thinking about a masters in Dance Therapy or an MFA in Dance so that I might be able to teach at a university. Those are my two passions, teaching and therapy. Maybe I’ll even find a way to roll them together in a career!
What is your favorite style of dance?
At college, I have really enjoyed getting to know Modern dance. Unlike any other form I’ve tried, it demands the attention of the whole self: body, mind, breath, emotion, spirit.
Where is the coolest place you have ever performed?
In high school I was in a performing ensemble for my studio and we performed in many nursing homes. Often times the stage or dancing space was SO SMALL. It was always a fun challenge to orient a dance in a new space.
My sophomore year in college I was in an improvisation ensemble and we performed a Earth Day improvisation that traveled all the way across the St. Olaf campus and ended by rolling down Old Main Hill!
What is one thing you were taught and will always remember?
“I AM BODY”… I don’t “have a body”. Anything you “have” you can “not have” and you can’t “not have” a body. My body is as much a part of me as any personality trait. The manner in which I walk with the legs and feet and body that God has given only to me is as much a unique indication of who I am as a skills in organization, a love of crafting, loyalty to my friends, etc…
What inspires you?
The kindness of interactions between people and the knowledge that we are all part of one big community with this planet inspires me. In the warmer months I try to walk barefoot wherever I can. I feel more alive when the sun is shining right into my heart and I feel my feet sink into the forgiving dirt and grass. To this point, I highly recommend a book by David Abrams called “Becoming Animal; An Earthly Cosmology”.
I really enjoy crafting for no particular purpose. Give me yarn, colorful paper, sharpies, and some glue and I’ll be busy all afternoon! I also love making dinner with my friends! (Julia also works at the American Girl store back in MA when she’s not at college!)
Have you created a pre-performance regiment/routine or a tip you’d like to share?
Deep breaths do wonders. I also like to pat all over my palms, arms, and where they connect across my collar bone and shoulder blades. Maybe its weird, but I think it makes me feel ready to welcome the audience into my experience of the dance.
At St. Olaf, seniors are required to choreograph and present a Dance Capstone project; here is the link to Julia’s piece performed last month at the show called, “What Words Can/Not” (it is the first piece in the performance). http://www.stolaf.edu/multimedia/play/?e=1023
Most people agree that “experiences” make wonderful gifts — quality time spent with our loved ones is often what we desire the most! Why not make some special memories this year by attending a dance performance together? A beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, is offered at many venues throughout the Twin Cities, and a few are VERY close to home! Here is a handy list to make your planning easier:
The Burnsville Performing Arts Center will perform the Nutcracker Ballet . Be sure to look for PSOD’s “Miss Michelle” (Ludwig) as she will be dancing in this timeless classic! The cast of approximately 120 consists of TCB’s core company of professional dancers and apprentices, dancers from other local and national professional dance companies, students from area dance schools, and community residents.
December 13 at 7 PM
December 14 at 2 PM & 7 PM
December 15 at 1 PM & 4:30 PM
$28 & $32 Main Floor
$24 & $28 Main Floor (students under 12, seniors 65+)
$16 all balcony seats
$24 & $28 Groups of 10 or more.
Purchase tickets at the BPAC box office, by phone 800-952- or online at www.ticketmaster.com
Order tickets online at http://oshag.stkate.edu/ or call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700. The O’Shaughnessy Campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105
Ticket prices range from $30 to $44 for adults, $18 for children and students and $22 for seniors.
Date(s): Dec 20, 2013 – Dec 22, 2013
The Academy of Russian Ballet presents its Twelfth Annual production of The Nutcracker at Eden Prairie High School.
This authentically Russian classical version of the holiday Fairytale is performed by Academy of Russian Ballet dancers, including students from pre-ballet through adult classes.
Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 17185 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Tickets for all shows are available for on-line purchase up to 24 hours before show time.
Order online now.
Main floor section A: Adults $29, seniors $25, children $23
Main floor section B: Adults $23, seniors $19, children $17
Phone: (612) 636-3167
Friday, December 13th – 7:00pm Saturday, December 14th – 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 15th – 2:00pm