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If you want to perform else where than with your current school how do find out about open auditions for companys in NYC?

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Guest twas a delight

AEDancer, do you study at the New Jersey School of Ballet? If you do, there's a good chance you know my primary teacher, Valentina Kozlova, who guest-taught there for a year or so. She's opening her own school on the Upper East Side in early July. We've also had a pre-pro company attached to our current school under her direction, and the company will be moving to the city with her. Anyway, the quality of dance is excellent, the environment is like nothing I've ever experienced before, and our repertoire is diverse and beautiful. Let me know if you're interested in seeing a performance.

 

::laughs at the shameless plug she just wrote::

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Guest Pease-blossom

twas a delight, can you give us any more info on the school that will open in NYC? Where exactly will it be located? What will the company be like -- a student company, with lots of ages? Or sort of a trainee-like arrangement for older dancers? Any details you could provide would be great.

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There are many civic companies about, often attached primarily to one school, but few make attendance at that school mandatory. If you can get in, you get to perform more. Civics range in quality from just about recital level to better than some professional companies, so choose carefully.

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Pease-blossom, Valentina has not made exact location public yet, but as I said, it's certain to be somewhere on the Upper East Side. We've already been performing for about three years, based in Scarsdale with performances at SUNY Purchase. The new company will be very similar to the old, just working under a different name. With regard to dancers, our corps dancers average 10-12 years of age, with soloists ranging from 15 (me!) to about 21 years. A former student of V's is now dancing with NJ Ballet and several of her current students are pre-pro (me again!). The quality of dance is excellent, so much so that it's surprising. We're performing at SUNY Purchase in April and May, and we can always use new audience members!

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Guest Pease-blossom

Thanks so much, twas a delight. Could you post the exact dates and time of the performances? Also, the contact information for the school in Scarsdale would be great. Thanks.

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Guest twas a delight

Updates on school and performances!

 

The new school, Dance Conservatory of New York, will be in midtown - 54th and Broadway - not the Upper East, as we thought earlier. Classes are scheduled to begin July 1. We can't wait!

 

The company has been titled Dance Conservatory Performance Project. On April 13 at 3pm, we will be performing selections from 1st act of Swan Lake, a contemporary ballet called Nov Den, and a new classical ballet - not sure of title, but it's danced to Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. All three have been staged/ choreographed by VK. We're also dancing the first three acts of Swan Lake on May 17 and 18 (an evening and a matinee.) Not sure of exact times.

All performances will be in the Dance Theatre Lab at SUNY Purchase - tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for seniors/students in advance, and $25 at the door.

Check out www.dcpp.org for more information, ticket processing, a picture of "Maidens" from Nov Den, and a beautiful photo of VK, or as we like to call her, God. (You'll understand once you see the pic!)

 

Once I get even more info, I'll update again...please feel free to pepper me with questions =)

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Guest Pease-blossom

Thanks so much, twas a delight! You are so helpful. Would you say the dancers are mostly older (15-16 and up) or younger than that? Also, does VK teach in Balanchine or Russian style? I am curious because of her diverse background. Thanks again. :)

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Guest twas a delight

It's hard to say, because those of us who are "hers" are in the 15-21 age range, but we do have a plethora of younger girlies ("the next generation.") The true core of the company/ future school will be the former, as we are the dancers who spend the most time with her and dance in her "style."

 

Speaking of style, you asked about the technique...it's all Vaganova, baby. She really is not a fan of what the Balanchine technique has evolved into. In truth, she teaches "Vagalova" (my word ;)) - an insanely beautiful combination of Vaganova technique and Kozlova glamour/style/passion.

 

Can you tell I really, really like my teacher? :)

 

Whoops, forgot to mention something. VK will not be the only teacher at DCoNY, though she will be the primary one. Andrei Jouravlev of New Jersey Ballet fame and Margo Sappington of, well, everywhere :) will also be teaching regularly, so we've heard. I'm pretty sure there was another, but memory serves me not so well at midnight...

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Let's curb our enthusiasm a little here - you're over into hyperbole, and may raise unrealistically high expectations in readers and prospective students, so that they will be disappointed when they take class and discover that Ms. Kozlova does not demonstrate combinations on water.

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Guest twas a delight

Oh, but she does, Mr. Johnson. :P

 

Okay, okay, I know...the awe that she inspires is all-encompassing and can sometimes blind us. I really do take class with my favorite ballerina of all time and my idol. I'll try to tone it down, though :P

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I am in the 4th week of Ms. Koslova's SI and i agree with twas a delight! Ms.K is the best teacher I've had. I havent been dancing long but when i took her class i knew that she is the teacher i wanted to study with she can push you to do things you never thought you could. She does this while staying incredibly nice. I am definatley coming in this fall for classes. She is an amazing teacher! And I'm not trying to exaggerate this at all.

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Knock, knock, Mom of a 13 year old dancer here. We have been trying to find out info about Valentina Kozlova's studio with no luck.

If any one has info it would be appreciated

 

 

What is the summer intensive like at Valentina's studio. How many classes a day, and how many days do you study. Do they have pointe everyday, and do they have any other type of dance.

 

What classes do they have in the fall? I tried the website but it is down :o

Also do you know what levels they offer, and how many classes a week they offer.

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http://www.exploredance.com/insideperspectives9903.html

Try that. She is on 54th and Broadway. The scheduale is

MONDAY: Stretch, Ballet class, Pointe, Lunch, Ballet Intensive

TUESDAY: Ballet class, Pointe, Lunch, Variations, Ballet History

WEDNESDAY: Stretch, Ballet class, Pilates, Lunch, Jazz

THURSDAY:Ballet Class, Pointe, Lunch, Character

FRIDAY:Ballet class, Variations

Im not sure about the fall scheduale because Im new to the school but try the website i listed. I believe it provides the number.

The classes in the SI are really good. Since the studio is new they are pretty small too. You get a lot of corrections! I love it!! :wub:

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