Thursday, January 17, 2013

What's with the Russians and ballet?

By Jennifer Donovan, Michigan Tech Public Relations Director

HOUGHTON -- Ever wonder why ballet is so important to Russian culture? Interested in learning more about classical Russian and American Ballet? If so, Michigan Tech's Rozsa Center invites you to attend Ballet 101, a pre-performance discussion of classical Russian and American ballet, by Donna Armistead, Mary Muncil and Elizaveta Egorova, at 6 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Rozsa Center Lobby.

Ballet 101 will feature a panel discussion and brief demonstration of traditional ballet movement and gesture, and will explore the history and culture of classical Russian ballet. Armistead, a local dance educator and choreographer, will focus the discussion specifically on the ballet Sleeping Beauty, to be performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre later that evening.*

Armistead is an admissions assistant at Tech and a former principal dancer with the Ballet Dance Theatre of Boston and the Buffalo Ballet Theatre. Mancil is head coach for the University's Competitive Cheer Team and Dance Team. She also coordinates Tech's youth dance program and pilates program.** Egorova is a PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in power and energy systems. She is from Russia.

Ballet 101 is free, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

* Click here to read about the Russian National Ballet performances coming to the Rozsa Center Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19. You do not need to attend the ballet to attend Ballet 101.

** Click here to read about Michigan Tech's Power Pilates classes.

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