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Valentina Kozlova's NUTCRACKER WINTER SUITE Dances into Symphony Space, 12/5

Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory Company returns to Symphony Space with Kozlova's delightful new production of Tchaikovsky's NUTCRACKER WINTER SUITE, running slightly over one hour - two performances Saturday December 5 at 3 PM & 5:30 PM.

Performers are drawn from Kozlova's midtown ballet school and include several remarkable young dancers who have won medals in ballet competitions around the world.

An abbreviated Act I is drawn from choreography by Margo Sappington, and Kozlova has staged Act II after the original by Marius Petipa and Vainonen (formerly with the Kirov Ballet), and includes the beloved Kingdom of Sweets divertissements: the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, Waltz of the Flowers, Arabian Dance, and much more.

Dancers are from Kozlova's midtown Dance Conservatory School, where her teaching method combines the Bolshoi School with Balanchine methods of training. Kozlova herself was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School, graduated into the Bolshoi Ballet Company and soon rose to the rank of Principal Dancer. She was the youngest dancer ever to dance the role of Juliet, and appeared in principal roles until 1979, when she defected while the Company was on tour in Los Angeles. The ballerina guested with companies around the world, starred on Broadway in "On Your Toes," and joined New York City Ballet as Principal Dancer, at the invitation of George Balanchine, remaining with that company until 1995. With Margo Sappington, Kozlova directed her own Ballet: The Daring Projects for several seasons, and also became coach and judge for ballet competitions around the world. Kozlova directs her own midtown school as well as the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition, presented twice in Boston and three times in New York. The 6th VKIBC is scheduled for April at Symphony Space, NYC. For more, go to www.vkdcny.com.

IF YOU GO:

VALENTINA KOZLOVA'S DANCE CONSERVATORY COMPANY IN

"NUTCRACKER WINTER SUITE"

Saturday December 5 at 3 PM & 5:30 PM

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street)

Tickets: $40; $20 for children & seniors

Reservations: 212.864.5400 or www.symphonyspace.org

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