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By Denis Sneguirev

Marius Petipa was an unlikely artistic revolutionary. A middling dancer, he bounced around European cultural centres until he finally washed up in St. Petersburg in 1847 at age 29 - hired, sight unseen, by the Imperial Ballet as a principal dancer. A skilled socialite, he curried favor with the right people and within a decade staged his first ballet: the massive epic The Pharaoh's Daughter.

Petipa became successful, but it would be decades before he emerged as the groundbreaking choreographer whose style transformed ballet and spread from Russia to the rest of the world. Indeed, his contributions dominated the form for generations. It is no coincidence that for his final performance, Rudolf Nureyev chose a Petipa ballet.

MARIUS PETIPA: THE FRENCH MASTER OF RUSSIAN BALLET traces Petipa's career from his early, crowd-pleasing choreography to the works that would become his masterpieces: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Their stunning choreography and Tchaikovsky's music elevated ballet for the first time to one of the world's great art forms.

More than a biography, the film explores the social and political contexts of Petipa's work and his ongoing influence on ballet today.

Director Denis Sneguirev takes us to Paris, New York, Berlin, Milan, and Moscow, where we meet some of ballet's top choreographers, dancers, and conductors - including Nacho Duato, Alexei Ratmansky, and Nicoletta Mani. Some wrestle with ways to adapt Petipa's work for contemporary tastes, while others face the challenge of re-learning basic techniques in order to revive works as close to the original style as possible.

The film features stunning performance and rehearsal footage, along with intriguing period artwork and colorized photography. Once celebrated, Petipa's name has been largely forgotten outside of ballet. MARIUS PETIPA makes a significant contribution in re-introducing us to the life and work of this central figure.

DVD (French, Russian, English, Italian With English Subtitles, Color, Closed Captioned) / 2019 / 52 minutes

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Director: Alan Govenar

Extraordinary Ordinary People is a music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America. At a time when the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts has never been more threatened, Alan Govenar's documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs: the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually since 1982.

Featuring a breathtaking array of men and women who have been awarded the fellowship, including musicians, dancers, quilters, woodcarvers and more, the film demonstrates the importance of the folk and traditional arts in shaping the fabric of America. From Bill Monroe and B.B. King to Passamaquoddy basket weavers and Peking Opera singers; from Appalachia and the mountains of New Mexico to the inner city neighborhoods of New York, the suburbs of Dallas, and the isolated Native American reservations of Northern California - each of the artists share exceptional talent, ingenuity, and perseverance.

DVD / 2017 / 84 minutes

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Director: Gail Freedman

Mad Hot Ballroom meets Paris is Burning in this entertaining documentary set in the swinging world of same-sex competitive ballroom dancing.

Hot to Trot goes inside that fascinating but little-known world, which is surging in popularity, remaking lives and bodies, along with popular culture and gender politics. Following four magnetic men and women on and off the dance floor over a four-year period, the film is not only an immersive character study (and an idiosyncratic attack on bigotry) but a rousing, powerful story that unfurls with the rhythms and energy of dramatic cinema.

DVD / 2017 / 88 minutes

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By Marie-Helene Rebois
With Lisa Kraus, Carolyn Lucas & the dancers of the National Paris Opera Ballet

Choreographer Trisha Brown revolutionized the world of contemporary dance. Now, her seminal 1979 work Glacial Decoy, with costumes and projected slides by the similarly risk-taking artist Robert Rauschenberg, is coming to Paris, to be performed by a new generation of dancers. IN THE STEPS OF TRISHA BROWN takes us behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the first performance.

Brown's work is so complex that it resists standard dance notation, so carrying on her legacy by teaching the surprising, challenging piece to the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet are choreographer Lisa Kraus, who helped create the original production of Glacial Decoy and danced in it, and Carolyn Lucas, the current Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Brown's choreography emphasizes the relationship of bodies with gravity, a near-boneless-seeming fluidity, and working close to the ground-qualities that may not come naturally to classically-trained dancers. Kraus in particular serves as a bridge between Brown and the young dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. She not only instructs the troupe, but also teaches them the history of Brown's work, illustrating the way that earlier projects such as Man Walking Down the Side of a Building (1970), Leaning Piece (1970), Roof Piece (1971) and Walking on the Wall (1971) were precursors to Glacial Decoy.

Interspersed with fascinating, little-seen archival footage from original productions and of Brown herself in rehearsal, IN THE STEPS OF TRISHA BROWN is both a testament to the value of teaching and studying art and dance, and a privileged look at the process of staging a major dance piece.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2016 / 79 minutes

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By Bobbi Jo Hart

Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, REBELS ON POINTE is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious all-male, drag ballet company was founded over 40 years ago in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots, and has a passionate cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. Rebels on Pointe is a creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, passion and purpose. A story which ultimately proves that a ballerina is not only a woman dancing-but an act of revolution in a tutu.

DVD (Color) / 2016 / 90 minutes

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Director: Carlos Saura

Poetic, riveting and moving, Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage - from traditional styles such as the Zamba of "La Felipe Varela" through to modern dance - as choreographed by critically-acclaimed Carlos Saura.

DVD (Spanish with English Subtitles) / 2015 / 85 minutes

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By Tomer Heymann

A True Story of Love and Dance

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.

This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2015 / 100 minutes

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Director: Nel Shelby

Step inside the halls of five NYC public schools and celebrate dance! Hosted by veteran TV journalist Paula Zahn, PS Dance! is the documentary that captures what happens when students add dance to their daily studies. The journey is one of imagination, curiosity, hard work and discipline. In these studios dance is for every child.

DVD / 2015 / 53 minutes

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Director: Kenneth Elvebakk

Filmed over four years, Ballet Boys follows the victories, trials, and set-backs of three friends and rising Dutch dance stars: Lukas, Syvert, and Torgeir. They sacrifice a normal high school experience including parties and dating for the sake of ambition and a love of dance. Facing pressure from their parents, school teachers and ballet mentors, the boys prepare for potentially life-altering and career-making auditions at some of Europe's most prestigious ballet schools.

DVD (Norwegian with English Subtitles) / 2014 / 72 minutes

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Director: Ron Steinman

What is life like for a dancer when they can no longer dance? Inspired by Merrill Ashley's departure from the New York City Ballet as an acclaimed principal dancer, this documentary, created by Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas, captures the poignancy of this life turning point. After a struggle to find her next step, today Merrill Ashley travels around the world teaching Balanchine to dance companies which perform his works as once she did. This is the story of any dancer - or, in truth any one of us - who needs to find their way into a new life.

DVD / 2014 / 56 minutes

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Director: Greg Vander Veer

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish dance as a legitimate art form in America.

Through archival footage, lively interviews with friends and intimates, and rare footage of the spirited subject, the film explores Hills's arduous path from a Bible Belt childhood in Ohio to the halls of academia at NYU and Bennington College, to a position of power and influence as Juilliard's founding director of dance (1952-1985). Peppered with anecdotal material delivered by dance notables who knew her, this revelatory story depicts her struggles and successes, the film is a celebration of dance and an examination of the passion required to keep it alive.

DVD / 2014 / 80 minutes

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Director: Mary Jane Doherty

Secundaria quietly follows one high school class over a three-year period on its journey through Cuba's world famous National Ballet School. Our teenage dancers love to dance, but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty and the constraints- both visible and invisible- that shape life in Cuba.

DVD (Spanish with English Subtitles) / 2014 / 96 minutes

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Choreography by Jiri Kylian
Performed by the Nederlands Dance Theater

Kylian's sequence of Black and White Ballets include: Falling Angels, Six Dances, No More Play, Sweet Dreams, Sarabande, Petite Mort. Lighting effects sometimes frame the dancers in the darkness of the stage and sometimes clearly illuminate them. A connecting element between the individual segments of ?Black and White is the transient presence of the 18th - century costumes in the otherwise abstract six ballets.

DVD / 2012 / 101 minutes

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Director: Sylvie Collier

Cuban identical triplets Angel, Cesar and Marcos are top young students at Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. To Dance Like a Man follows them as they are poised to begin their dancing careers.

Filmmaker Sylvie Collier was granted extraordinary, unlimited access to the school, and backstage at the Grand Theatre, allowing her to film the boys as they train in the robust and expressive style that distinguishes Cuban ballet. Her film provides a child's eye view on determination and the hunger for success, within in the context of contemporary Cuba, a country with an outsize international role in arts and culture.

DVD (Spanish with English subtitles) / 2012 / 58 minutes

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Director: Elise Swerhone

TuTu MUCH follows nine young ballet dancers as they plie, pirouette and compete for highly-coveted spots in an intensive four-week professional ballet summer program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Leaving behind their families and friends, often for the first time, each girl confronts the painstaking and sometimes rewarding realities of pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

The daily classes are grueling tests of their physical stamina and emotional grit. "You've even got to love the pain," says twelve-year-old Sidnie, one of the prospective ballerinas. As the girls learn during the course of the auditions, talent and passion alone do not guarantee success: the success of a dancer often comes down to the shape of a foot or the length of the neck. In the last few days of the program the girls find out which of them will take the next step toward the dream of becoming a professional ballerina, and which ones won't.

DVD / 2012 / 83 minutes

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Director: Ron Honsa

Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance in Never Stand Still. Filmed at the iconic Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, this thrilling documentary features amazing performances by world-renowned dancers interwoven with intimate interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage.

Founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn on a farm in the Berkshires, today the Pillow is an idyllic mecca for artists and audiences from around the world, a place where dance in all its forms - from ballet to jazz to contemporary - is studied, created, performed and celebrated.

Like Wim Wenders's Pina, Never Stand Still immerses us in the lives of extraordinary artists and the power of dance.

DVD / 2011 / 74 minutes

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With Albert Cattafi

Choreographer Albert Cattafi introduces you to his energetic style of Contemporary Jazz as he guides you through "across the floor" combinations, floor work, improvisational skills, and two routines for intermediate and advanced levels. Throughout Al emphasizes musicality, level changes, and dynamics.

DVD / 2010 / 60 minutes

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Director: Anne Linsel & Rainer Hoffman

World famous dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch selected 40 teenagers who had never heard her name to be part of her dance piece Contact Zone. For 10 months through opening night, the young dancers discover Bausch's genius and their own bodies. Pina Bausch died in 2009; a sensation at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, Dancing Dreams is a testament to Bausch's revolutionary work.

DVD / 2010 / 89 minutes

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By Yoav Avidar

Some individuals are born to sing, some are born to dance, and some... are Born to Step. The DVD is loaded with creative step choreography, topped with dance moves and broken down using the most up-to-date teaching techniques. If you were born to step, this is the DVD for you!

  • Rhythm changes
  • Traveling
  • Cross-phasing
  • Cueing
  • Step-routine demonstration
  • Right and left together
  • From the top

  • DVD / 2009 / 113 minutes

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    Janacek's opera, inspired by the 1920s newspaper cartoon character, Vixen Sharpears, returns to its roots with a specially-adapted version of the score prepared by conductor Kent Nagano for the animated film by Geoff Dunbar (Peter Rabbit/Rupert and the Frog Song).

    DVD (Color) / 2009 / 72 minutes

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    Dances of Ecstasy is a mesmerizing journey into the world of ecstasy experienced through rhythm, dance, and music. It's a visual and aural feast for the senses blending exciting dance rituals, hypnotic imagery, interviews, and a spellbinding global music soundtrack.

    DVD 1
    Interweaving traditional and contemporary ecstatic dance rituals, Michelle Mahrer and Nicole Ma's celebrated documentary film explores how different people around the world connect with a divine power.

    Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil and shaman healers from the Kalahari and Korea pulse to the same beat as thousands of young _people at an all-night techno dance party in an Australian forest. The many different experiences of trance are linked by the human need to connect with a spiritual dimension. Dances of Ecstasy is a visual and aural feast for the senses _blending exciting dance rituals, hypnotic imagery, interviews and a spellbinding global music soundtrack.

    Visit Namibia (San), Korea (Kut), Nigeria (Yoruba), New York (Gabrielle Roth), Brazil (Candomble), Turkey (Whirling Dervishes), Morocco (Hadra), USA (Firedance) and Australia (Rainbow Serpent Festival) during a trance journey into divine sources of universal energy.

    Enjoy four illuminating documentaries about various rituals portrayed in the film, or select the filmmakers' audio _commentary which describes their experiences while shooting all around the globe. Finally, there is the opportunity to have a closer look at Sufi dervishes' whirling ritual in an extended portrait of this fascinating ceremony.

    "Dances of Ecstasy is a workout for the soul" Gabrielle Roth

    DVD 2
    Join in and 'do it yourself' with a complete Power Wave workout by New York urban shaman Gabrielle Roth, or dance your own dance to the global grooves tracks, with psychedelic visuals by D-Fuse. There are also two hidden bonus videos by One Giant Leap and James Asher.

    2 DVDs (Color) / 2009 / 290 minutes

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    Director: Anne Bass

    A feature documentary which chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara Sar who was discovered by Anne Bass on a trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in 2000 and brought to the ballet stage in America.

    A longtime patron of dance in the U.S., Bass arranged for Sy to visit New York and audition for the prestigious School of the American Ballet (SAB). What unfolds in Dancing Across Borders is a tentative negotiation between Sy and the world of American ballet and culture-from the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of SAB, to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. The film follows Sy's unusual development as a dancer and offers a remarkable behind-the-scenes look into the world of American ballet. At its heart, Dancing Across Borders is an extraordinary story of growth, adaptation, and belonging as well as of the development of talent and the mastery of an art form.

    DVD-R / 2009 / 88 minutes

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    Based on Leo Tolstoy's famous novel and choreographed by Maya Plisetskaya to music by Rodion Shchedrin, this film is a vehicle for the extraordinary talents of Mme. Plisetskaya.

    Co-starring the spectacular Alexander Godunov as Vronsky, Anna Karenina is a completely cinematic rendering of this acclaimed production, which has never before been seen in the United States.

    Dealing primarily with the psychological elements of the character of Anna, the ballet is genuinely remarkable work, beautiful and penetrating.

    DVD (Color) / 2008 / 78 minutes

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    Ballroom dancing has always been about a man and a woman, moving together up close and personal. Today, stripped back to its soul, it is hot, sweaty and sexy. This is ballroom dancing in the new millennium. This is Floor Play.

    Conceived, directed and choreographed by World Champion Ballroom dancer Jason Gilkison who choreographed the original, 'Burn the Floor' which has been seen by over 3 million people worldwide.

    Floor Play has been ten years in the making, and features a hand picked cast of dancers. Breath-taking, action-packed, unpredictable, sensual and ultimately inspiring, this is Jason's legacy to us all.

    DVD (Region 1, Color) / 2008 / 103 minutes

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    By Tony Stone

    Combine basic video dance moves, some of the hottest music in the industry, and high energy, while running short choreographed pieces repeatedly. Mix that up and you have Tony's brand new dance workout. Dance Workout is the perfect resource for trainers who want to learn from one of the most respected choreographers in the industry.

    Among the topics covered:
  • Warm-up
  • Combo #1
  • Combo #2
  • Combo #3
  • Combo #4
  • Combo #5
  • Combo #6
  • Combo #7
  • Cool-down

  • DVD / 2008 / 54 minutes

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    A Ballet in Two Acts

    Peter Wright's version of The Nutcracker is a wonderfully lavish production and an absolute delight for all viewers. The magical tale is wonderful played with fantastic clarity and the sets and costumes are sumptuous without being overly ostentatious.

    Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Choreography: Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon

    Conductor: Barry Wordsworth

    The Orchestra of the Birmingham Royal Ballet
    Leader: Yuri Torchinsky

    The Sugar Plum Fairy: Miyako Yoshida
    The Prince: Irek Mukhamedov
    Clara: Sandra Madgwick
    Drosselmeyer: Joseph Cipolla

    DVD (Region 1, Color) / 2008 / 97 minutes

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    Music by Shostakovich
    Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky

    Originally premiered in Leningrad on April 8, 1931, with choreography by Fyodor Lopukhov , Bolt had exactly one performance Exiled to a ballet gulag for 75 years, it was rescued and reconceived by rising-star Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky in 2006. This Soviet-era ballet is a satire of the worker-state, where an enormous factory with many workers produces just a single light bulb. The only work that seems to take place is the work of looking busy, while the Komsomol brigade charged with upkeep devotes most of its time to leisure activity. A disaffected worker decides to sabotage the factory by throwing a bolt ( of the title) into the machinery. Bolt brings together serious and popular music and dance, and includes Komsomol routines, Red Army marches, circus acrobatics, and vaudeville antics, as it portrays proletarian culture of the early Soviet years.

    DVD / 2007 / 145 minutes

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    Here's exercise that's easy and fun, and no one has to leave their seat to get into it! An exciting, all-original soundtrack, innovative choreography and dynamic dancers deliver a rhythmic workout that energizes and inspires all ages and abilities. Try these one-minute activities to build strength, flexibility and endurance.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / 25 minutes

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    With Teresa Mason

    Building on the information from the Beginner and Intermediate programs in this exciting Country Dancing series, this advanced lesson takes the dancer into the world of partnering and connection. This program features variations for dancers who really want to stand out on the dance floor.

    DVD (Color) / 2007 / 60 minutes

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    The American Dance Festival presents Dancing in the Light, a one-hour modern dance television program showcasing 6 historic dance compositions by African American choreographers. While Free to Dance uses select excerpts from the dances to inform its narrative within a historical context, Dancing in the Light features six dances in their entirety or in the case of one work, a complete section. The dances include: Ostrich (1932) by Asadata Dafora, Barrelhouse Blues (1943) by Katherine Dunham, Strange Fruit (1943) by Pearl Primus, Mourner's Bench (1947) by Talley Beatty, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1959) by Donald Mc Kayle, First Section of D-Man in the Waters (1989) by Bill T. Jones.

    DVD (Color) / 2007 / 50 minutes

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    The Art of the Pas de Deux:
    Twelve Great Pas de Deux

    Prokofieff: Romeo and Juliet
    The Scene in Juliet's Bedroom (1954)
    Galina Ulanova and Yuri Zhdanov
    Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky

    Helsted & Paulli: Flower Festival in Genzano (1962)
    Maria Tallchief and Rudolf Nureyev
    Choreography by Erik Bruhn, after Bournonville

    Shchedrin: The Little Humpbacked Horse
    The Queen-Maiden and Ivan (1961)
    Maya Plisetskaya and Vladimir Vasiliev
    Choreography by Alexander Radunsky

    Glazunov: Raymonda - Act I Pas de Deux (1993)
    Nina Ananiashvili and Aleksei Fadeyechev
    Choreography by Petipa revised by Yuri Grigorovich

    Stravinsky: Firebird
    The Prince & the Firebird (1963)
    Dame Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes
    Choreography by Michel Fokine

    Adam: Giselle - Act II Pas de Deux (1963)
    Alicia Alonso and Azari Plisetsky
    Choreography by Alicia Alonso after Coralli and Perrot

    Shchedrin: Carmen Suite
    Carmen / Don Jose Pas de Deux (1969)
    Maya Plisetskaya and Nikolai Fadeyechev
    Choreography by Alberto Alonso

    Minkus: Don Quixote - Grand Pas (1961)
    Maria Tallchief and Erik Bruhn
    Choreography by Petipa

    Khachaturian: Spartacus
    The Reunion of Spartacus and Phrygia (1977)
    Natalia Bessmertnova and Vladimir Vasiliev
    Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich

    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
    Black Swan Pas de Deux (1960)
    Lupe Serrano and Jacques D'Amboise
    Choreography by Petipa / Ivanov

    Prokofieff: Cinderella
    Cinderella and the Prince (1957)
    Dame Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes
    Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton

    Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (1984)
    Patricia McBride and Reid Olson
    Choreography by George Balanchine

    DVD (Color, Black & White) / 2006 / 85 minutes

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    Performed by Margot Fonteyn, Michaels Somes, Nina Ananiashvili, Maya Plisetskaya, Rudolf Nureyev, Svetlana Beriosova, Jacques d‚Amboise, Galina Ulanova, Erik Bruhn, Melissa Hayden and others

    This second volume of celebrated pas de deux includes excerpts from Swan Lake, Coppelia, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, La Esmerelda and The Still Point.
    Grand Pas Classique
    Elisabeth Platel and Nicolas Le Riche
    Music by Daniel Francois Auber
    Choreography by Victor Gsovsky

    Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
    White Swan Pas de Deux
    Galina Ulanova and Konstantin Sergeyev
    Choreography by Petipa-Ivanov-K. Sergeyev

    Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
    Black Swan Pas de Deux
    Maya Plisetskaya and Nicolai Fadeyechev
    Choreography after Petipa-Ivanov

    Sergei Prokofiev: Cinderella
    Scene & Pas de Deux
    Dame Margo Fonteyn and Michael Somes
    Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton

    Leo Delibes: Coppelia
    Pas de Deux
    Sonia Arova and Erik Bruhn
    Choreography by Erik Bruhn

    La Esmeralda
    Diana and Actaeon Pas de Deux
    Svetlana Beriosova and Rudolf Nureyev
    Music by Riccardo Drigo
    Choreography by Nureyev after Petipa

    The Still Point
    Love Duet
    Melissa Hayden and Jacques d‚Amboise
    Music by Claude Debussy (from String Quartet, Op.10)
    Choreography by Todd Bolender

    Leon Minkus: Don Quixote
    Grand Pas
    Nina Ananiashvili, Aleksei Fadeyechev & ensemble
    Choreography by Petipa, rev. Gorsky

    DVD / 2006 / 73 minutes

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    Director: Bertrand Normand

    In the grand tradition of the Ballet Russes comes Bertrand Normand's portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinski Theatre, formerly known as the Kirov. Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour that comes from decades of training and practice; and Russia's pre-eminent dancers - superstars such as Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Pavlova - established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The dancers profiled in Ballerina are uniquely individual - tough, insightful and exceptionally talented; onstage they reveal no hint of the sweat, pain and hard work of the rehearsal studio. From Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, from the backstage studio to performing on stages around the world, Ballerina captures the sublime beauty of ballet, in all its resplendent glory.

    DVD (English, French, With English Subtitles) / 2006 / 80 minutes

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    Director: Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob

    This joyful documentary celebrates two giants of the dance and theatrical worlds: dancer/choreographer/actress Carmen De Lavallade and multi-hyphenate Geoffrey Holder, married to each other for nearly fifty years. Wife-husband team Atkinson (a student of Carmen's) and Doob (Academy Award-winner for From Mao to Mozart) capture the intimate chemistry between quietly brilliant Carmen and larger-than-life Geoffrey, whose credits include his legendary production of The Wiz.

    DVD (Color / Black and White) / 2006 / 80 minutes

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    An Advanced Beginner Class

    Taught by Ana Marie Forsythe including Improvisation with Marjorie Perces. This DVD was created to show how the Horton studies can be incorporated and taught within a class.

    The class contains:

    The Warm Up with Ana Marie Forsythe
  • Round Over and Round Up
  • Flat Back Series
  • Primitive Squat Descent and Ascent
  • Lateral Stretches
  • Release Swing Series
  • Fortification #1
  • Prelude #1
  • Twists with Open Egyptian Arms
  • Leg Swings
  • Leg Swings with Stag Position Balance
  • Preparation for Deep Forward Lunges
  • - Coccyx Balance

    Improvisation with Marjorie Perces

    Center Floor work with Ana Marie Forsythe
  • Lateral T Study

  • Progressions
  • Side Hip Pull
  • Side Hip Pull with Figure 4 Turn
  • Side Hip Pull with Figure 4 Turn and Lateral T Balance
  • Single Foot Arch Springs
  • Single Foot Arch Springs with Stag Jump
  • Fortification #14

  • DVD / 2006 / 90 minutes

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    A performance of James Kudelka's ballet, enhanced by spectacular visual effects.

    THE FIREBIRD is ablaze with mystery, passion and magic. Inspired by a mystical Russian folk tale, the enchanted world of Heroic Prince, Evil Demon, Beautiful Princess and Exotic Firebird comes alive before the viewer's eyes.

    Based on James Kudelka's masterpiece for the stage, THE FIREBIRD combines classical ballet with spectacular visual effects. Kudelka's choreography melds seamlessly with graceful, gravity-defying movement through the air. The Stravinsky score is performed by the Kirov Orchestra with the incomparable Valery Gergiev conducting. THE FIREBIRD invites us into a world like none other.

    DVD (Color) / 2003 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 53 minutes

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    Director: Mirra Bank

    Powerhouse creative forces unite, and sparks fly, in Mirra Bank's award-winning Last Dance. Bank follows the dazzling Pilobolus Dance Theater and legendary author-illustrator, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) as they collaborate on the dance-theater work that honors a haunting holocaust legacy. Last Dance weaves rehearsal footage, probing interviews, chilling Nazi propaganda footage and breathtaking performance into a thrilling insight into the creative process.

    The film holds nothing back as philosophies clash, confrontations abound, and artistic disaster threatens at every turn. But in the end we are rewarded as Pilobolus dancers - pure bolts of force and grace - give life to a stark and stunning dancework.

    DVD / 2003 / 84 minutes

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    Director: Nils Tavernier

    Etoiles celebrates the legacy of the famed Paris Opera Ballet by weaving together rehearsals and tour snapshots of classical ballets as well as contemporary works.

    Celebrated filmmaker Nils Tavernier delves into the psychology of dance by talking candidly with some of the biggest stars in dance today, who give perspectives on how and why they endure the emotional and physical hardships of the drive to be on stage.

    DVD / 2001 / 100 minutes

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    The critically-acclaimed Mark Morris dance production of the baroque operatic masterwork.

    This adaptation of the critically acclaimed and provocative dance production by Mark Morris takes a fresh and controversial approach to the baroque operatic masterwork written in 1689 by Henry Purcell.

    Dido, the noble Queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil Sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall. Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy.

    DIDO AND AENEAS stars Mark Morris himself in the dual roles of Dido and the Sorceress, and the supporting roles are performed by the incomparable Mark Morris Dance Group.

    Tafelmusik provides accompaniment to a superb cast of vocal soloists including the great American mezzo Jennifer Lane.

    DVD (Color) / 1995 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 55 minutes

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    Six Dance Films from Around the World

    Dance for Camera presents six films that are among the most outstanding examples of a new film genre that merges dance and film. Selected from festivals in Europe and North America, and winners of over 17 international awards, these films present an array of humor, drama, beauty and rhythm not usually seen on film or stage made by young emerging artists from around the world.

    Films Include:

    Reines d'un Jour, Switzerland, 26 minutes
    Choreographer: Marie Nespolo, Christine Kung; Director: Pascal Magnin

    Measure, United States, 7 minutes
    Choreographer: Dayna Hanson; Directors: Gaelen Hanson and Danya Hanson

    Rest in Peace, UK & Netherlands, 9 minutes
    Choreographer: Hans Hof Ensemble; Director: Annick Vroom; Producer: Rodney Wilson

    A Village Trilogy, Canada, 24 minutes
    Choreographer and Director: Laura Taler

    Cornered, Canada, 5 minutes
    Producer/director/choreographer: Michael Downing

    Contrecoup, Switzerland, 24 minutes
    Choreography: Guilherme Botelho; Director: Pascal Magnin

    DVD (Color) / 95 minutes

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    Seven Dance Films from Around the World

    From a Butoh-inspired portrait of a demented aristocrat (The Duchess), to a sensual bedroom metamorphosis (Horses Never Lie) to an intimate moment interrupted by a burst water pipe (Burst), this latest collection of award-winning dance films from around the world will "bewitch, bedazzle and bewilder!" (Deirdre Towers, Dance on Camera Festival Director).

    Includes the films:
  • Boy (UK)
  • Burst (Iceland)
  • Cargo (Canada)
  • Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders (US)
  • Horses Never Lie
  • (Canada)
  • Motion Control (UK)
  • The Duchess (US)

  • DVD (Color / Black and White) / 60 minutes

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    Director: Donya Feuer

    The Dancer follows the young and gifted Katja Bjorner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School as she develops into an international ballet star. Filmed with an eye toward conveying the physical aspects of dancing - the pain, sweat, and tears, as well as the exquisite beauty - The Dancer captures the fierce determination and struggle that goes into the desire to dance at the highest level.

    DVD (Color, With English Subtitles) / 96 minutes

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