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By Heather Cabot and Heather Cabot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 26, 1998
Sitting cross-legged on the carpet in clusters of three and four, a dozen adolescent girls chat incessantly, pausing briefly to munch on handfuls of snacks. This could be a slumber party on any Saturday night. But the pink toeshoes coupled with the line of conversation reveal serious business."I just found out that I have 55 seconds to change from point shoes to character shoes and move from stage left to stage right," says 12-year-old Elena Consoli to her "Nutcracker" cast mates in the Ellicott City Ballet Guild.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to the Sun | October 26, 2007
Leaving Maryland Hall auditorium in Annapolis after the Ballet Theatre of Maryland performance Saturday, I saw Severna Park neighbor George Helwig, who confessed that he has "always been a dance nut from classical ballet to hip-hop" and had just enjoyed his first Ballet Theatre performance. "I'm surprised at what a treasure the citizens of this state have in this company, and I can't understand why all these seats aren't filled," Helwig said. Outside the auditorium, I relayed Helwig's comments to ballet aficionado Thea Pinskey.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | March 9, 1995
Katie Young never knew that being a peasant could be so much fun."It's pretty cool, actually," said the 14-year-old Millersville resident, who along with 15 other young ballet students, will be village peasants next month in the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis' premiere of "Beauty and the Beast."The group will perform in the ballet's first act, set in the village. They will wear pink costumes and heeled shoes as they perform a Maypole folk dance, twisting ribbons around a tree."It's a fun dance," Katie said.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 6, 2000
A fully staged three-act ballet of Serge Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," danced by the Ballet de l'Opera de Bordeaux, will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series, at midpoint in its season. Sometimes described as the greatest ballet score ever written, Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" should find the consummate interpretation by this pre-eminent dance company. With recurring opera-like motifs to suggest each character's emotions, the score was originally criticized for not conveying love.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 4, 1999
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will present a widely eclectic program of dance at Maryland Hall this week.BTA has described its spring production, which includes a variety of dance from classical to abstract contemporary, as "mixed repertoire."Two new works will have their premieres. "The Crown Jewel" choreographed by BTA's artistic director Edward Stewart in memory of his mother, Alice, who died last March, is a non-narrative tribute to the person who strongly supported Stewart's early interest in dance.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to the Sun | October 26, 2007
Leaving Maryland Hall auditorium in Annapolis after the Ballet Theatre of Maryland performance Saturday, I saw Severna Park neighbor George Helwig, who confessed that he has "always been a dance nut from classical ballet to hip-hop" and had just enjoyed his first Ballet Theatre performance. "I'm surprised at what a treasure the citizens of this state have in this company, and I can't understand why all these seats aren't filled," Helwig said. Outside the auditorium, I relayed Helwig's comments to ballet aficionado Thea Pinskey.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 24, 1997
LONDON -- Four times a week, William Kemp pulls off his T-shirt, jeans and hiking boots, slips into a knee-length leotard with strips of white chiffon and performs what is normally one of the great female roles in classical ballet.Kemp is the lead Swan in "Swan Lake.""When I heard they were making a male 'Swan Lake,' I said, 'Stop, look at it, it could be camp, naff, a complete flop,' " Kemp recalls. "Or it could be fantastic. Well, it's fantastic. I have a job. And my parents can stop paying my rent."
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 6, 2000
A fully staged three-act ballet of Serge Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," danced by the Ballet de l'Opera de Bordeaux, will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series, at midpoint in its season. Sometimes described as the greatest ballet score ever written, Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" should find the consummate interpretation by this pre-eminent dance company. With recurring opera-like motifs to suggest each character's emotions, the score was originally criticized for not conveying love.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1995
Roudolf Kharatian was once a principal dancer with the world-famous Kirov Ballet Company in St. Petersburg, where he danced lead roles in the classical ballet repertoire. Today Mr. Kharatian, a member of the dance faculty of the Peabody Preparatory School and the Washington Ballet, is training young dancers in the graceful art of which he is an acknowledged master. In the process, he hopes to create a modern "classic" of his own."Into the Light," a new ballet choreographed by Mr. Kharatian, will premiere to morrow in the Peabody Institute's Friedberg Concert Hall.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will bring to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts this weekend a program of dance that should be of interest to the whole family.The all-classical program includes "Beauty and the Beast," a two-act ballet based on the ancient folk tale and choreographed by BTA's artistic director, Edward Stewart, and Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov."Beauty and the Beast" will be a visual treat with elegant costumes and dramatic sets.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will bring to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts this weekend a program of dance that should be of interest to the whole family.The all-classical program includes "Beauty and the Beast," a two-act ballet based on the ancient folk tale and choreographed by BTA's artistic director, Edward Stewart, and Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov."Beauty and the Beast" will be a visual treat with elegant costumes and dramatic sets.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 4, 1999
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will present a widely eclectic program of dance at Maryland Hall this week.BTA has described its spring production, which includes a variety of dance from classical to abstract contemporary, as "mixed repertoire."Two new works will have their premieres. "The Crown Jewel" choreographed by BTA's artistic director Edward Stewart in memory of his mother, Alice, who died last March, is a non-narrative tribute to the person who strongly supported Stewart's early interest in dance.
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By Heather Cabot and Heather Cabot,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 26, 1998
Sitting cross-legged on the carpet in clusters of three and four, a dozen adolescent girls chat incessantly, pausing briefly to munch on handfuls of snacks. This could be a slumber party on any Saturday night. But the pink toeshoes coupled with the line of conversation reveal serious business."I just found out that I have 55 seconds to change from point shoes to character shoes and move from stage left to stage right," says 12-year-old Elena Consoli to her "Nutcracker" cast mates in the Ellicott City Ballet Guild.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 24, 1997
LONDON -- Four times a week, William Kemp pulls off his T-shirt, jeans and hiking boots, slips into a knee-length leotard with strips of white chiffon and performs what is normally one of the great female roles in classical ballet.Kemp is the lead Swan in "Swan Lake.""When I heard they were making a male 'Swan Lake,' I said, 'Stop, look at it, it could be camp, naff, a complete flop,' " Kemp recalls. "Or it could be fantastic. Well, it's fantastic. I have a job. And my parents can stop paying my rent."
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1995
Roudolf Kharatian was once a principal dancer with the world-famous Kirov Ballet Company in St. Petersburg, where he danced lead roles in the classical ballet repertoire. Today Mr. Kharatian, a member of the dance faculty of the Peabody Preparatory School and the Washington Ballet, is training young dancers in the graceful art of which he is an acknowledged master. In the process, he hopes to create a modern "classic" of his own."Into the Light," a new ballet choreographed by Mr. Kharatian, will premiere to morrow in the Peabody Institute's Friedberg Concert Hall.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | March 9, 1995
Katie Young never knew that being a peasant could be so much fun."It's pretty cool, actually," said the 14-year-old Millersville resident, who along with 15 other young ballet students, will be village peasants next month in the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis' premiere of "Beauty and the Beast."The group will perform in the ballet's first act, set in the village. They will wear pink costumes and heeled shoes as they perform a Maypole folk dance, twisting ribbons around a tree."It's a fun dance," Katie said.
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March 24, 1993
Caryl Maxwell to offer intensive ballet courseCaryl Maxwell/Classical Ballet, 8030 Main St. in Ellicott City, will offer an intensive course for ballet teachers in the Vaganova Method, taught by Irena Prochotsky from Aug. 2 to 7.The intensive covers the first three years of the eight-year program taught at the Vaganova Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.Future workshops in the Vaganova Method taught by Ms. Prochotsky are scheduled for 1994 -- years 4, 5 and 6 -- and 1995 -- years 7 and 8.Ms.
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January 12, 1993
Rudolf Nureyev's greatest leap was into the arms of a French airport policeman, shouting "Protect me!" in 1961. He was the first of the Soviet performing arts defectors for artistic freedom, spurning the security offered a pampered Kirov Ballet star in Leningrad. Russian performers still come over, but now as economic refugees who cannot keep warm on the new artistic freedom.Nureyev lifted ballet in the West to new heights, particularly in partnership with the older Margot Fonteyn in London's Royal Ballet.
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