Tours en l'air organizes ballet-themed escorted holidays to see the best companies perform great ballets in beautiful places. You can join a trip from anywhere. A highly knowledgeable balletomane who has enjoyed 100s of performances in over 20 cities around the world,I speak English, French, and German, and am a Travel Industry Council of Ontario certified Travel Counsellor. I also teach ballet appreciation courses. Twitter: @thewordlady Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherine.barber.37
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO # 1892647

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

What John Cranko character are you?

Is the inner you really Onegin? Or Juliet? Or a streetwalker from Taming of the Shrew? To find out what character in a ballet by John Cranko you would be, try this fun quiz.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A great quote

“I think Balanchine and Robbins talk to God and when I call, he's out to lunch.” -Bob Fosse

The National Ballet of Canada rehearses Cinderella

An article about the hard work dancers put in!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Channelling my inner femme fatale

Today in my ballet class our very talented pianist Jill played the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen ("L'amour est un enfant boheme, qui n'a jamais connu de loi/Love is a Bohemian child that has never recognized any law") for one of our centre combinations. Our teacher pointed out that this is a very sexy piece of music and that just maybe we should think about trying to convey that! So I attempted valiantly to channel my inner femme fatale into it. Unfortunately, there isn't much of a femme fatale IN there! But that is one of the fun things about ballet class: you get to be someone you're not. Compared to my ordinary everyday life, I was pretty femme fatalish. Or maybe just slightly ridiculous. But what the heck, it was fun. One more reason for you to take up ballet if you haven't done so yet!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Canadian dancer Evan McKie

A very interesting article about Canadian dancer Evan McKie, a principal with Stuttgart Ballet.

Ballet trip to San Francisco

Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel
101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5
TICO Ontario registration #1892647
presents
Tours en l'air
Ballet Holidays
escorted by Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber in support of The National Ballet of Canada and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

San Francisco
23-28 February 2011
6 days, 5 nights
3 ballet performances
1 orchestra performance

Critically acclaimed San Francisco Ballet in a variety of passionate, classically beautiful, and vibrant works by Balanchine, MacMillan, Forsythe, and others, and a rare opportunity to hear the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic

Wednesday 23 February
Arrive San Francisco; check in to Inn at the Opera Hotel, a charming 3 ½-star boutique hotel 3 minutes walk from the Opera House

Thursday 24 February
Day at leisure to explore beautiful San Francisco on one of its famous cable cars, visit Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge, take a ferry across to artsy Sausalito, or enjoy whatever this wonderful city has to offer.
Evening: 3-course welcome dinner before: San Francisco Ballet**: Classical Symphony (Possokhov), Nanna's Lied (Tomasson), Artifact Suite (Forsythe) with pre-performance “Meet the Artist” interview

Friday 25 February
Evening: San Francisco Ballet**: Theme & Variations (Balanchine), Winter Dreams (MacMillan), 7 for Eight (Tomasson).
** For a sneak peek at the ballets: http://www.sfballet.org/interact/watch

Saturday 26 February
Morning: A luxury private coach transports you along California's spectacular coastal Highway 1 and through hills clothed with majestic redwoods to Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Afternoon: Smuin Ballet: Brahms-Haydn Variations, Bluegrass/Slyde (both Smuin), Oh, Inverted World (Trey McIntyre)
Late afternoon: Our private coach transports you to Berkeley for an evening performance of the Vienna Philharmonic, Schumann: Symphony No. 2 · Brahms: Symphony No. 2, and then returns you to the hotel.

Sunday 27 February
Day at leisure.
Evening: Farewell 3-course dinner

Monday 28 February
Check out of hotel and depart San Francisco.

Total Package CA$1599 per person based on double occupancy
Single supplement: CA$450
All prices valid till 29 November 2010

REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT DUE DATE: 29 NOVEMBER 2010

LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point, on the dates and times you prefer. CWT Victor Travel's experienced agents will be happy to assist you.

Package price includes:
Premium orchestra seats for 3 ballet performances
1 Pre-performance talk by a San Francisco Ballet artist
Balcony seating for Vienna Philharmonic performance
5 nights accommodation at the Inn at the Opera Hotel, rooms with one queen bed
Hotel porterage
Daily continental breakfast
3-course welcome dinner
3-course farewell dinner
Private coach day excursion to Mountain View, Berkeley, and return to San Francisco
Tax-receiptable donation of CA$100 to The National Ballet of Canada or Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Enrichment program: ballet notes, informal post-performance reviews with tour leader
All taxes, service fees, and surcharges

Not included:
Airfare
Items of a personal nature, e.g. telephone calls
Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary
Beverages with meals
Cancellation and hospital/medical insurance

Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable deposit of CA$750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 29 November 2010, to secure your space for this package.** Single supplement, and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance also payable at this time.
Final payment due January 12, 2011, and total package price is fully non-refundable.
All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca).
RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through CWT Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.

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**The deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent.