Miglena Lazarov Victoria Ballet Academy is our weekly pilgrimage for the fifth year in a row. People ask me why we go so far, can't we find dance schools in our area (we live in Don Mills). Of course we can. But I fell in love with the Victoria Ballet school, from the first day we set our foot there. I remember the girls not wanting to leave and being mesmerized by the lesson of the older students they watched. The ballet training has done so much for their physical and intellectual development, and for their confidence! I also love the warm atmosphere and the wonderful people I met there. We also take art and piano classes at the school, after ballet classes, and to this day, my biggest challenge [...]
Alina Chernin My 3-year-old daughter is now enrolled in the third season at Victoria Ballet Academy. The Once Upon a Princess program was a great introduction to the school, its amazing teachers and the world of ballet in general. This year we're lucky to have Ms. Mironova herself taking the little ones under her wing and showing them real ballet discipline. We love the instruction quality, the cozy atmosphere and the personal approach and highly recommend the school to kids of all ages.
A Holiday Tradition for the Whole Family to Enjoy Ballet Poster The history of The Nutcracker ballet dates back to December of 1892, when it was performed for the first time at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, cradle of the most famous ballet dancers and choreographers of classical ballet. The original story on which the Nutcracker’s libretto was based was written by E.T.A. Hoffman with the title “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. A later adaptation of this work by Alexander Dumas was the version used by renowned Ballet Masters and Choreographers, Marious Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The music was commissioned to Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky whose Nutcracker Suite is one of the most familiar and long-lived recorded selections in classical music. Many choreographers have [...]
Big History for Young Minds Have your children ever asked you “why do I need math” or “why do I need science”, or any other subject for that matter? Perhaps you have wondered upon the relevancy of one topic or another in the grand scheme of knowledge. As the sum of all human knowledge grows our ability to study and remember it seems less and less adequate – in fact, it is impossible for any one individual to remember all information even within one specific area of one specific field. Ask any scientist and they will confirm this assertion. Memory is a skill as much as dancing ballet or solving mathematical functions. Not everyone gets to be a world famous expert but we can all improve and gain quite considerable [...]
Ballet traces its roots to the early days of the Italian Renaissance, and to the halls and ballrooms of royalty and nobility. Since then ballet has evolved into the science and dance form we know today. Ballet lessons offer the most comprehensive boost to overall development any activity has to offer. Children in particular enhance their physical fitness, strength, flexibility, psychological development, self-confidence, and creativity. Students learn how to set goals, how to manage stress, and how to accomplish great things by taking small steps, thus providing a tremendous confidence boost, and, just as importantly, a unique opportunity for children to see that hard work pays off in the end – with unbelievable results! Not everyone has to become a professional dancer – all the benefits can be gained through [...]
Mastering Mathematics through Music and Chess How can we bring joy into the process of gaining knowledge? This question has been on the minds of many an educator across educational system and borders. Curiosity is one Kindergarten student important ingredient of this task; it, and a desire to self-improve push children to discover, learn, experiment, and, most importantly, to feel the joy of finally “getting it”. Music, Math, and Chess are the three subjects that inspire students through emotional stimuli and act as catalysts for the acquisition of new knowledge. These subjects, require some preparation, but offer their harmony and majesty for every child to experience. Deeply understanding these subjects enhances intellectual abilities and helps students better connect with culture. Music, Chess and Math use similar mental processes [...]
Anastasia Loskutov: I Am a Ballerina My name is Anastasia Loskutova, and I am a ballerina. I want to tell you a story about my journey thus far. I was born to a family far removed from the arts, and at an early age – when I was 4 – we moved to Canada. Growing up I was physically weaker than other children, and doctors made me do all sorts of strange exercises without any results. Instead, in their infinite wisdom, my parents signed me up to Victoria International Ballet Academy under the guidance of Victoria Mironova. Four years of intense exercise under the guiding hands of Ms.Mironova later I had returned to the doctors. They were completely amazed, the improvement was staggering! Ballet, we were told, was the [...]