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    On December 6th, I saw the Moscow Ballet 's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, MI. The Moscow Ballet was on their 2016 National Tour. The choreographer Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet. Stanislav Vlasov reimagined the ballet and showcased his own view of the Great Russian Nutcracker. It was practically special because Western Michigan University symphony orchestra had the opportunity to play along side of the dancers. Throughout the ballet, I loved the dancers emotions and how there was not always movement going on. There could be a stillness on the stage but your attention was still caught because there was a reason for it, to develop the story line. As an audience member I really enjoyed the moments of stillness and subtleness, it allowed me to understand the story line. Before this, I have never watched a production of the Nutcracker I was very pleased with what I saw. The dancers had very fluid transitions and beautiful technique due to the strength of the dancers. I loved the different aspects of each dancer, their technique was amazing and their emotions were very apparent even from the balcony seats. There was always an effective use of energy throughout this ballet, which allowed the audience to comprehend the emotions of the dancers. Each dancer whether they had a small part in the ballet or a leading role had a great ability to have energy throughout their whole body, and emotion. The energy that the dancers had…

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    Misty Danielle Copeland was born on September 10, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri. Even though she was born in Kansas City, she was raised in San Pedro, California. Misty was very late in starting ballet studies, but it didn’t stop her. Usually, ballerinas start studying when they are three or four, but Misty was thirteen when she took her first ballet class. When she unlocked the magical world of ballet, Misty was coping with the fact she was living in a shabby motel room with her five siblings…

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    The Balanchine Body

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    Many dancers now are turned away because they are simply taller than the mandated height, sometimes they will be turned away based on their body types, yet having a thin body was a recent development by the famous George Balanchine. Commonly referred to as the ‘Balanchine Body’, this ideal body type that first began in the 1900’s shapes what we see as the perfect ballet body yet what is said and done in whispers behind closed theater doors, dressing rooms, and practice rooms, is often nowhere…

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    This excessively specific physique has become a sort of “job requirement” for ballerinas. Most are not born with the qualities that are required, meaning that they starve themselves almost to the point of death. These requirements do not make sense because in order for a ballerina to survive 8-hour rehearsal days, she must eat. If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to perform her best, and will in turn not look her best on stage. Weight and body image is something that Copeland, as well as many…

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    This project will examine the ballet’s lack of diversity, which is still experienced in 2016. Even thought more American companies are establishing inclusive policies, until this date they represent the minority. There should be progression in race-related variety on stage, mostly in the U.S. where the population is so diversified. However, is it because of the monetary variance, the absence of role to replicated for future dancers, the necessity of reinforcement from educational institutions…

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    Suzanne Abraham (1996) describes how dancers feel, and what their physical appearance should look like. Researchers have found that among ballet dancers, it is common to have an eating disorder. Dancers want to be thin and have a ballet dancer body, and not everybody is born the same way to have that lean body type. Therefore, girls start bad habits, such as throwing up and not eating, just so they can have that ballet body type. Gelsey Kirkland, a ballet dancer, explains, “I starved by day,…

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    more relaxed leader than those who would come after him. They believed that One Day in the Life was a critique of the Soviet system. This lead them to confiscate all of Solzhenitsyn’s papers including unpublished works, some of these works would be leaked to the west and published without his approval, they would then be used as further proof of his dissidence and reason to exile him. Solzhenitsyn believed in mother Russia, he believed that overall it was a good country and that with a few…

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    Mikhail Gorbachev was one of the few dictators during his time period that did not use murder as a advantage in his society, the Soviet Union. (Gordon F Boreham) He possessed many leadership qualities that it takes to be a worldwide leader and dictator. Many believed that Mikhail Gorbachev would have strived in the Soviet union society. However once he came into office in the Soviet Union the political, economic, and religious view were lacking. (Gordon F Boreham) This making it hard for him to…

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    who disagreed with their ideas eliminated chasing and sending them to concentration camps in Siberia, where practically no longer returned, also Stalin persecuted those minority of people who wanted to secede from the USSR, as for example, Ukrainians, Chechens, Caucasians ... and during the cold war Soviet ideology strengthened against US capitalism. During Stalin's rule and in a few years, the USSR recovered so that stood up to the US, especially his recovery was in the industry and…

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    Cold War Yugoslavia

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    How did the Cold War affect the breakup of Yugoslavia? After the end of the Cold War, Yugoslavia lost its strategic importance it once had when it was a neutral territory lying in between the two blocs. The collapse was caused by the diminishing support from both the United States (US) and the Soviet Union (USSR) who no longer competed to strengthen their influence over Yugoslavia and the ongoing downfall of their economy and socio-political stability. Yugoslavia was created after the First…

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