Mikhail Baryshnikov

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  • Russian Nutcracker Analysis

    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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  • Danielle Copeland: Magic World Of Ballet

    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 Importance Of Diversity In The World Of Classical Ballet

    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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  • Ballet Dancers Eating Disorders Essay

    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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  • Analysis Of Hippies By Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    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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  • Summary Of Edward Chancellor's Devil Take The Hindmost

    In Edward Chancellor’s Devil Take the Hindmost (Chapter 8), the Author briefly highlights the era in our history known as the “Reagan Revolution”. Events that Chancellor defines as significant are the weak enforcement of Glass-Steagall, reduced funding for the SEC, and the strike of air traffic controllers. More broadly, Reagan centered his policies around tax cuts, deregulation, and “free-trade” initiatives. Chancellor concludes his overview of the time period by noting that although Reagan…

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  • How Did Ronald Reagan Become Détente?

    unfortunately, this potentially trillion-dollar program was utter fiction and was one of the most notorious faux pas of Reagan presidency and threw the recession the U.S was in down another ladder. Not long after this the criticism Reagan received seemed to do some good and he began the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the USSR. The START talks were begun to diminish the nuclear supplies of both countries but when the numbers were crunched and the USSR found out that Reagan had placed…

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  • Summary Of David Hoffman's The Dead Hand

    American fighter jet violating Soviet border laws only exacerbates the situation to a war scare. Soviet paranoia and their RYAN operation to gather intel on Western preparations for nuclear war are chronicled. Hoffman reports on the covert Soviet biological weapons operation that manufactures infectious diseases and weaponizes them to be used in war and tells of the scientists who worked on creating more virulent strains, and the anthrax factory is described. The eponymous Dead Hand was a Soviet…

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  • Why Was Ronald Reagan Important

    THE IMPORTANCE OF RONALD REGAN Ronald Regan is important because he helped restore optimism in America, grow the economy, and brought an end to the cold war. As the nation’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan was an infectiously optimistic. He gave hope with his optimistic personality at a time where people were afraid of a nuclear war braking out. He even showed optimism and hope when he told the country he had Alzheimer's "When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be," he said, "I will…

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  • Why Is Ronald Reagan Important

    “Tear down this wall” was once said by a former president trying to end the cold war. Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest presidents of all time. The American people had affection and love for him. He was in the presidential office for eight years straight. Ronald Reagan is important because as a former president he was great leader,wonderful character, and strengthen world peace. First of all, Ronald Reagan had great leadership that helped America restore itself. As a president he learned…

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