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
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ballet live streams from Vienna

The Vienna State Ballet will stream the following performances online this year:

Sunday, December 7 - MacMillan/Liszt: Mayerling
Friday, December 26 - Nureyev/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Saturday, February 14 - Neumeier/R. Strauss: Verklungene Feste and The Legend of Joseph

These cost €14 per stream. 
 
http://www.staatsoperlive.com/en/live/

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Vienna Prague Ballet Trip now booking! DEADLINE Dec. 22

CWT 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






This trip is now SOLD OUT. Space may become available due to cancellations. Please inquire.


Vienna and Prague
(daytrips to Bratislava & Dresden)
26 March – 5 April 2015
11 days, 10 nights
5 ballet performances



Visit two of Europe's most beautiful historic capitals, steeped in culture and with colourful Easter markets in full swing


Vienna: a New York Times “top place to travel in 2014”















Thursday March 26 VIENNA

Arrive Vienna. Check into the 4-star Das Opernring hotel on Vienna's famous Ring boulevard, opposite the Vienna State Opera House. Evening: Vienna State Ballet performance: the second detail (Forsythe), Etudes (Lander), Contraclockwise Witness (Horecna).

Friday March 27 VIENNA

Morning: daily training of the world-famous Lippizaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School (this is fascinating in its similarities to a ballet class). Afternoon: 2-hour private walking tour of central Vienna. Rest of afternoon at leisure. Suggested activity: Visit the Hofburg Imperial palace or have coffee and cake at the world famous Demel café nearby, both 10 minutes walk from hotel. Evening: 3-course typically Viennese welcome dinner in the exquisite Art Nouveau Palmenhaus (conservatory).


Bratislava

Saturday March 28 VIENNA

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: daytrip by private luxury minibus to Bratislava, Slovakia,1.5 hours from Vienna. Private walking tour of central Bratislava (1.5 hours). 2-course dinner before evening Slovak National Theatre ballet performance: Romeo and Juliet (Morricone). Return by private coach directly to Vienna hotel.

Sunday March 29 VIENNA

Day at leisure. Suggested activities: For history buffs: Maria Theresa's imposing Schönbrunn palace. Music lovers: Attend high mass in the Imperial Palace Chapel, sung by the Vienna Choir Boys, then visit Mozart's house and the golden hall of the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. Art lovers: the Belvedere Museum (home to Klimt's The Kiss), the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, and the Museumsquartier (contemporary art). Architecture aficionados: stroll past Vienna's many Art Nouveau buildings or visit the spectacular baroque Karlskirche. Cake lovers: a Viennese café crawl!

Monday March 30 VIENNA

Morning: 2-hour private guided visit to the Albertina museum permanent Monet to Picasso exhibition & temporary exhibition of Impressionist sketches from the Musée d'Orsay, and sumptuous State Rooms. Evening: performance of Vienna State Ballet Swan Lake (choreography by Nureyev).

Tuesday March 31

VIENNA - PRAGUE

Morning: Check out of hotel. Transfer by private luxury washroom-equipped coach to Prague (approx. 5 hours from Vienna), with midway stop for lunch (included). Check in to 4-star Hotel Yasmin, in Prague's historic centre a short distance from the theatres.


Dresden Semperoper

Wednesday April 1 PRAGUE

(Daytrip to Dresden, Germany)

8 am: Depart by private coach from hotel for Dresden (approx. 2 hrs). Private walking tour of historic centre of Dresden. Afternoon at leisure. Suggested activities: Boat cruise on the Elbe or visit to the treasure vault of the Saxon kings. 2-course dinner before evening performance of Dresden Semperoper Ballet: Giselle (David Dawson). Return by private coach directly from opera house to Prague hotel.

Thursday April 2 PRAGUE

Morning at leisure. Recommended: visit the Loreto abbey near the castle. Afternoon: Private guided visit to Prague Castle and Cathedral (2 hours).

Friday April 3 PRAGUE

Morning: Private guided walking tour of Prague Old Town (2 hours). Afternoon and evening at leisure. 

Saturday April 4 PRAGUE

Morning: Private guided walking tour of picturesque Mala Strana (Prague's “Little Quarter”). Afternoon at leisure. Evening: 3-course farewell dinner.

Sunday April 5

Check out of hotel and depart Prague

GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!



For more information:


phone: 416.693.4496



LAND-ONLY PACKAGE allows you the flexibility of arranging travel from your most convenient departure point,

on the dates and times you prefer,

and to extend your stay if you wish.

Victor Travel's experienced agents

will be happy to help you with

flight arrangements.



This program must be sold as a package. Extra hotel nights can be added on at extra cost (subject to availability). We cannot offer individual components separately, break the package into shorter installments, or offer an

accommodation only” option.

Mobility issues should be discussed with the travel agent before registering.

Travellers wishing to share will be

put in touch with one another.



Package includes:

10 nights double-share 4* accommodation

Daily buffet breakfast

Premium seats for 5 ballets

Ticket for the training of the Lippizaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School

Transfer by private luxury washroom- equipped coach Vienna to Prague

Day excursions by private luxury coach to Bratislava and Dresden

6 private guided walking tours:

Vienna, Bratislava, Dresden, Prague Old Town, Prague Castle and Cathedral, Prague Mala Strana.

Admission to and private guided tour of Albertina Museum permanent and temporary exhibition and state rooms

Admission to Prague Castle sights:

Old Royal Palace, St. George Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, and Cathedral

Two 3-course dinners, two 2-course dinners, one 2-course lunch

Beverages with group meals (mineral water, tea or coffee, and 1 glass wine or beer or soft drink)

Free wifi in hotels

Ballet enrichment program: ballet notes and informal pre-performance talks and post-performance reviews with tour leader

All taxes, service fees, and surcharges



Not included:

Airfare

Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in this itinerary

Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone calls

Cancellation insurance

and hospital/medical insurance

All items and activities listed as “optional” or “suggested” in this brochure




Total Package Price:

Double occupancy: CA$3899 per person

Single occupancy: CA$4899 per person



All prices valid till 22 December 2014



Terms and Conditions:

Non-refundable deposit of CA$1750 per person is required at time of registration, no later than 22 December 2014, to secure your space for this package**.

Single supplement, optional airfare (price available on request) and optional cancellation and hospital/medical insurance are also payable at this time.

Final payment due 28 January 2015, and total package price is fully non-refundable.

All cancellations must be received in writing at Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel to the attention of Lucy Nati (lucy@cwtvictortravel.ca).

RBC out-of-province health insurance and trip cancellation insurance are available through Victor Travel and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Price will vary according to birthdate. Premium must accompany the deposit and is non-refundable.



**Deposit is fully refundable in the event of cancellation of the trip by the travel agent




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Disclaimer
Victor Travel acts only as agents for the traveller and accepts no responsibility for the services of any aircraft, bus, hotel, concert agencies, etc. used in this tour, nor any delays, loss or accident to travellers or baggage occasioned by such services. While the organizers will do everything possible to assist travellers, they similarly disclaim any such responsibility. 

The right is reserved to cancel or modify the tour. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Snowflake ballerina paper Christmas ornaments

Visit krokotak.com for instructions on how to make cute "snowflake ballerina" paper ornaments.
The easy version (for children and the handicraft-challenged like me):
http://krokotak.com/2012/11/snowflake-ballerinas-for-little-hands/
 

and the more advanced version:
http://krokotak.com/2012/11/snowflake-ballerinas-for-crafty-moms/

  

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

A look at Company Class at Dutch National Ballet

Two videos from Dutch National Ballet introducing their Junior Company dancers for 2014-15, also a great look at company class:


http://youtu.be/u9BYnw3ksQ8



http://youtu.be/pReaXkotSHQ

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

$57 tickets for Nijinsky and Manon

For the last two performances of its November runs of Nijinsky, a fabulous ballet by John Neumeier, and Manon, a not-to-be missed ballet by Kenneth MacMillan, the National Ballet of Canada is reducing ticket prices in the back three rows of the orchestra. For Saturday evenings November 15 (Manon) and November 29 (Nijinsky) and Sunday afternoons November 16th (Manon) and November 30th (Nijinsky), on either side of the centre block of seats, you can get a ticket for only $57, an amazing deal for good seats for a live ballet performance with full orchestra. Regular price for these seats is $131. Centre rear orchestra seats are $97 instead of $131.
Order tickets here:
http://national.ballet.ca/performances/season1415/Nijinsky/#/#frame0



http://youtu.be/QGlbVk_M4bY

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Swan Lake video

A lovely video from Australian Ballet in which Amber Scott talks about the process of becoming Odette in Swan Lake.


http://youtu.be/CttzakWaqH8

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

A beautiful Prince Désiré

Bravo to the Paris Opera Ballet's Mathias Heymann for making Nureyev's inelegant and unmusical choreography look elegant and musical! This is a just about perfect performance of this notoriously difficult solo. I was very disappointed that injury prevented this beautiful dancer from making the trip to Montreal for Paquita last month. 


http://youtu.be/vrM1tST7jpo


and an interesting interview with POB's new director, Benjamin Millepied:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/arts/dance/benjamin-millepied-takes-over-at-paris-opera-ballet.html?_r=1

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