Tag: Veronika Iblova

Sam Beckwith Tries Ballet

Another in the Opus Osm series “Man Walks into a Barre,” in which an ordinary, untrained, and thoroughly unsuspecting person agrees to take a one-hour lesson in classical music or dance. Sam Beckwith Tries Ballet I am not, it has to be said, an obvious candidate for ballet class. Beyond leisurely walks, a weekly swim, and the occasional tennis match, I live a basically sedentary life, commuting from one computer…

Man Walks into a Barre: Sam Beckwith Tries Ballet

Another in the Opus Osm series “Man Walks into a Barre,” in which an ordinary, untrained, and thoroughly unsuspecting person agrees to take a one-hour lesson in classical music or dance. Sam Beckwith Tries Ballet I am not, it has to be said, an obvious candidate for ballet class. Beyond leisurely walks, a weekly swim, and the occasional tennis match, I live a basically sedentary life, commuting from one computer…

And! 5-6-7-8!

And! 5-6-7-8! While you may have been splashing in the surf or hiking in the mountain air, 130 eager students were sweating it out at the dance studio in Prague’s July heat. For six days in July, students from across the Czech Republic, Germany, and Scandinavia met at the National Theatre Ballet studios at the International Contemporary Dance Workshop. This is the fourth year that choreographer Jan Kodet and former…

Monday, August 1, 2011: Dress Rehearsal!

Backstage at Dress Rehearsal “What else?” Veronika Iblová sighs, hands on hips, looking around at the tangle of girls in leotards, jeans, leopard costumes, or dressed as butterflies. The director of the VIP International School of Ballet is doing makeup for the dance school’s final production in its first year of operation. Mrs Iblová grabs a tube of lipstick and dabs it on the lower lip of a teenage girl…

Monday, August 1, 2011: Dress Rehearsal!

Backstage at Dress Rehearsal “What else?” Veronika Iblová sighs, hands on hips, looking around at the tangle of girls in leotards, jeans, leopard costumes, or dressed as butterflies. The director of the VIP International School of Ballet is doing makeup for the dance school’s final production in its first year of operation. Mrs Iblová grabs a tube of lipstick and dabs it on the lower lip of a teenage girl…

Ballet’s New School

The music is cued, the massive, wall-to-wall mirrors are polished, and the faculty is on its toes, poised to welcome students to a new, English-instruction ballet school in Prague. VIP International School of Ballet, also known as the International Ballet School, starts classes on Sep 21. Its facilities nestle in part of the National Theatre Ballet school’s 14th-century complex. The school is the first ballet school operating exclusively in English,…