A Young Dancer's Apprenticeship

A Young Dancer's Apprenticeship

by Olympia Dowd

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Overview

So begins the inspiring true story of a young Canadian ballerina's elevation to soloist with the Moscow City Ballet. At the tender age of fourteen, talented dancer Olympia Dowd was plucked from the obscurity of a Vancouver ballet workshop and offered a life-altering opportunity: She was selected to dance with the Moscow City Ballet on its tour of Asia and Northern Europe. In her own words, Olympia describes the highs and lows of her remarkable experience, including the months of training in Russia and the rigors of touring with a professional ballet. Spectacular photographs of Olympia's unique odyssey -- the behind-the-scenes grind, the rare moments of relaxation, and the hard-won public triumph -- complement the story on every page. Here is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure seen through the eyes, emotions and words of an ordinary adolescent with an extraordinary talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761329176
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2003
Series: Lerner Single Titles Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

At fourteen, Olympia Dowd was offered a job as a soloist with the Moscow City Ballet. She toured with the ballet company for a year, traveling through Asia and Europe. Today, she lives in Vancouver and continues to pursue a career in dance. She has also won the gold medal at the XII Brasilia International Dance Competition.

Table of Contents

Part 1Surprise Audition in Vancouver7
Carmen connection9
Hardy beginnings11
First dancing shoes14
From sylph to femme fatale20
Five weeks, a lifetime25
Part 2Apprenticeship in Moscow27
Jet-lagged rehearsal33
Solos and dark eyes38
Black lace and matrioshka dolls43
Countdown49
Part 3Asia Tour: Under the Lights55
Taiwan Out of the wings: Carmen debut60
32 fouettes and a typhoon64
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall69
The Carmen Story71
East and back83
Weary for "home"84
Fire and ice in Moscow85
Studio moves86
Flamenco in the kitchen87
Part 4U.K. Tour: Second Debut91
Wales Press clippings94
Giant slipper and sour notes95
Northern England102
Final stretch105
Part 5Holiday in Carmen Country107
Birthday roses in Paris108
Part 6Moscow Encore111
Saturday in Zelonograd117
Carmen finale118
Afterword121
Glossary124
About the Author127

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