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" ALMOST UNBELIVEBLE!!! " is how the promoter will tell it.  None the less, ever since the Czech state broke away from the tight strngs of the former Soviet Union, everything cultural in this Eastern European civilization has been booming.

The July 1st through the 7th festival will includeude classical dance, hip hop, folk dance, theater dance, dance drama, modern dance ...

The pople there, by all reports and ionternet groups whose focus is both county and social events are more than willing to assist visitors.  Prague is regenerating itself in its traditional setting and sociocultural mecca of hospitality.  And for good reasons...with this event the best dancers in the world are more than willing to show up, and have done so. The weather, the city which looks like itself should be in a gift shop, and where coffee competes open'ly with other forms of drinking habits, and winning too! are all most most appealing to the International world of dancers.


Prague, The Czech Republic is reguarded as one of the leading splendend cities in Europe and the city has made huge investments to allow the best to perform on the stages, show art, rally public entusiasm for dance and facilitate an International corps of friendships from America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

From the news releases and promoters of the Competition they state:" We will prepare a rich programme for you, full of performances, trips, rehearses and workshops, where you can show any type of dance and observe the other dancers and share the knowladges with all lovers of the wonderful art - DANCE.

There are no limits of age, cathegories, language, culture, skin or religion. Just pay 489 euro for ****HOTEL with the half pension, for the trips, trasport in Prague, theaters, translaters, medical care during rehearses and performances, for a cruise on the river with a festive dinner and the final gala show with awardings and the closing celebration of all winners. You can win many original cristal cups and for the best group 1000 euro from our sponsor - the GRISHKO ltd.

In few weeks the whole promo material will be ready, so you can order it writing us to our e-mail: info@praguedancefestival.cz. Also the updated web sites will be available in the end of September. Meanwhile you can see the winners of 2006 on: www.praguedancefestival.cz and see the last programme of 2006.

Let us know if you have any questions "

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The National Ballet of Cuba constitutes one of the most prestigious dance companies of the world and prominently ranks in contemporary Hispano American Culture The technical-artistic rigor of its dancers and and its choreographer´s wide and diverse aesthetical conception, confer to this institution an outstanding place among the greatest of its kind on international stage.

The company was settled in 1948 being Alicia Alonso its leading dancer and its very first figure. In 1950 is created the Escuela Nacional de Ballet Alicia Alonso (Alicia Alonso National Shool of Ballet) adjunct to the professional company. From their earliest stages its artistic line arised from respect to romantic and classic tradition, stimulating, at the same time, creative work of choreographers who followed a national and contemporary search line.

Already in this early stage, the setting up of full versions of lassics like Giselle, The Swans´Lake or Coppelia, was acompanied by works from the renovating movement of Diághilev´s Russian Ballets such as Petrushka or the Faun´s Nap: and ballets by Cuban choreographers such as Fiesta negra (Black Fiesta), Sóngoro cosongo, Concerto and Sombras (Shadows), among others.

Triumph of 1959 Revolution became a milestone for a new stage on Cuban ballet. That year,the National Ballet of Cuba is arranged as part of a new cultural program. Since then it has being developing continually by increasing its repertoire and promoting development of new dancers, choreographers, professors and creators among other art expressions related to dance such as : visual arts and music. Togehter with perfectioning Cuban traditional repertory, a vigorous choreographic movement with works within the most significant achievements of contemporary choreography has been encouraged.

Besides its intense activity in Cuba, where it has successfully projected its art a popular level the National Ballet of Cuba yearly develops a program of international tournees which takes it to different countries of Europe, Asia and America. Important awards, such as the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris and the "Félix Varela" National Order from the Republic of Cuba join to the acclamation by the most outstanding representatives of the specializad criticism and to the awards won by their artists, both individually, as well as international contests and festivals.

The National Ballet of Cuba is the highest expression of the Cuban School of Ballet, which based upon the cultural legacy provided by several enturies of tradition on theatre dance, has reached its own phisiognomy in which this heritage melts with Cuban culture essential features.
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Metropolitan Classical Ballet Announces 2006-2007 Season
Celebrating Ten Years of Excellence on Stage

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - The 2006-2007 season repertory and performance schedule for Metropolitan Classical Ballet has been announced. The season will begin on September 2, 2006, and will run through June 22, 2007. In celebration of the company's 10 year anniversary, Artistic Directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov have designed a repertory that reflects what has become the hallmark of the company: a combination of rich traditional Russian ballets and classical works by George Balanchine, Paul Mejia, Alexander Vetrov and others. The Metropolitan Classical Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Ron Spigelman, will accompany performances during the season.

Four programs will be presented at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth: one full-length and three mixed repertory programs to include two world premieres, three company premieres, and the return of three favorites. The full-length production of The Nutcracker will be presented at Texas Hall on the campus of the University of Texas in Arlington.

Highlights include: new works by Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov, the company premiere of Paul Mejia's Webern Pieces, the return of the full-length Creation of the World, Alexander Vetrov's staging of the great Russian classic, La Bayadere, and the annual production of The Nutcracker.

Photo by Marty Sohl

Bass Performance Hall
Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 8:00 p.m.

La Bayadère   /  Music by Leon Minkus  /  Choreography by Marius Petipa

Notes on My Life  / 
Musical Arrangements by Richard Adler  /  Choreography by Paul Mejia

A combination of Bolshoi and Broadway offers two works that span more than a century. The evening will open with two acts from the great Russian classic, La Bayadère, set in legendary India. Alexander Vetrov will stage two acts from this masterpiece by Marius Petipa. La Bayadère was first presented at the Maryinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia on February 4, 1877. Mr. Vetrov and Nadia Gracheva danced the leads in the Bolshoi video production of La Bayadère.

The evening will conclude with Notes on My Life, a work by Paul Mejia set to music by Broadway composer Richard Adler. Premiered by the company in 2002, it was the first work created specifically for Metropolitan Classical Ballet by Mr. Mejia, and the second ballet that he and Richard Adler collaborated on. The first was Mr. Mejia's highly acclaimed Eight by Adler, which premiered in 1984 at the Chicago City Ballet. It was later filmed for PBS and won an Emmy Award for Suzanne Farrell.

SEASON FINALE  /  Bass Performance Hall  /  Friday, June 22, 8:00 PM, 2007

World Premiere   / 
Choreography by Paul Mejia

World Premiere
   /  Music by Alexei Rybnikov  /  Choreography by Alexander Vetrov

Two significant new works by co-artistic directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov will close the season. Alexander Vetrov's new work will be set to music by Alexei Rybnikov. A prominent composer and musician based in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Rybnikov has established a fascinating, multi-dimensional career, composing for film and other projects in Russia and around the world.

Programming, program order and casting for all productions is subject to change without notice.

Season subscriptions, group discounts, and Nutcracker tickets are available at Metropolitan Classical Ballet's administration office located at 500 West Abram in Arlington, or by calling (817) 275-0598.

Founded in 1997, Metropolitan Classical Ballet is well recognized as a major creative force in the dance world today. Co-artistic directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov are two of the most recognized names in ballet. Mr. Mejia, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet who danced principal roles in many Balanchine ballets, carries on Balanchine's style and artistic vision though his acclaimed choreography. Alexander Vetrov, former leading male principal dancer with the prestigious Bolshoi has the distinction of being the recipient of the Honored People's Artist of Russia, the highest honor given by the Russian President. Mr. Vetrov still maintains close connections with the Bolshoi today. The company dancers are comprised of twenty members who are valued for their superior technique and strong artistic personalities. Performances reach over 30,000 individuals each season. Four programs are presented at the prestigious Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, and the annual production of The Nutcracker is presented at Texas Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Located in Arlington, Texas, Metropolitan Classical Ballet's spacious state of the arts studios are unsurpassed in the North Texas area.

Metropolitan Classical Ballet's 2006/2007 season is made possible in part by its generous sponsors: American Airlines, WRR Classical 101, and the law firm of Hill Gilstrap.

Media Note: Further information and photos may be obtained by contacting Judy Puder at (817) 465-4644. Information can also be found on Metropolitan Classical Ballet's website  www.mcballet.org.

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