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Dancer and Teacher Irine Fokine Dies at 88

On December 5th, Irine Fokine died at the age of 88.  She was the founder of Irine Fokine School of Ballet in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where for over sixty years countless students and I trained in a rigorous, disciplined environment.  … Continue reading

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Legendary Ballet School to Close

After more than sixty years, the Irine Fokine School of Ballet of Ridgewood, New Jersey is closing.  Founded by Fokine, the Russian-born daughter of Maryinsky Theater prima ballerina Alexandra Fedorova and the niece of choreographer Michel Fokine, the school was … Continue reading

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Figure Skating: The Quad Quandary

2010 Olympic silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko and gold medalist Evan Lysacek, photo: AFP How exactly does figure skating define itself?  It differs from many other Olympic sports because along with its technical requirements, there is also a scored artistic component.  … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi Ballet Team Up

Yes, that’s right.  Lady Gaga and the Bolshoi Ballet are performing on the same stage, the same night, in the same piece – at the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on November 14th. This … Continue reading

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“Desperately Perfect” Photo Exhibit

ClampArt, a small gallery in Chelsea, is currently presenting Rachel Papo’s “Desperately Perfect”, a photography exhibit of students studying at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drawing upon her experience studying ballet in Israel for nine years as … Continue reading

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