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Alina Somova
Meet Alina Somova
The Kirov's New Star Soars in Her Gaynor Mindens

Alina Somova: quite possibly the prototype of the 21st century ballerina, indisputably a star in the making at the legendary Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in St. Petersburg.

Her phenomenal extension and technique reveal new possibilities for classicism, expanding the boundaries of ballet's lines and steps. Alina has exquisite long limbs and total mastery of them; her adagio is riveting - achieving and sustaining astounding positions. But the slender, almost fragile-looking blonde is also a powerhouse at allegro with a soaring, space-devouring jump.


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IN THIS ISSUE
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MEET ALINA SOMOVA

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FRANCESCA DUGARTE

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SCANDALS, SKIRMISHES, & INNOVATIONS

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PIONEERS OF POINTE

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Eliza
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Eliza Gaynor Minden
Here's the scenario: The ballerina, wearing pointe shoes and a beautiful tutu, smiles graciously as her partner assists her through multiple pirouettes, and then lifts her onto his shoulder for the finale of a plotless one act ballet choreographed to a fine piece of well-known classical music. Sounds familiar, right? Well, there were times when each of these things would have been absolutely shocking.

Kristi in Jeans
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In the Wings
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FRANCESCA DUGARTE
Francesca Dugarte
Venezuela native Francesca Romero Dugarte is just 17, but she is already an accomplished dancer and world traveler.  With the help of a legendary coach, countless hours of class and rehearsal, and her Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, Francesca has been taking high honors at prestigious competitions, and most recently won a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Korea.

Mary Hodges Presentation

Out and About
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SCANDALS, SKIRMISHES, & INNOVATIONS

It was a whirlwind summer at Gaynor Minden!  Representatives visited over 700
dance students and teachers at leading summer programs from Vermont to
Virginia, presenting our all new look at some pivotal episodes in ballet's remarkable history: Scandals, Skirmishes, and Innovations: Seven Shocking Ideas that Appalled the Audience and Changed Ballet Forever.                                                       .MORE
"Pointe" Shoes, circa 1860
Every Dancer Should Know
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PIONEERS OF POINTE

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