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, 101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5, 416-736-6010, TICO # 1892647

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Win! The Dancer on iTunes


WIN! an iTunes download of the movie The Dancer / La Danseuse, based on the life of American modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller and her relationship with Isadora Duncan. Every dance fan should know about Fuller, and the re-creations of her dances in this very enjoyable film are amazing.

Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures, Tours en l'air has three iTunes downloads to give away. To enter, send an email with the subject line LOIE to toursenlair@gmail.com 
Contest closes December 8. 14+ Canada only.


See The National Ballet of Canada, Hamburg Ballet, Berlin State Ballet and Dresden Semperoper Ballet next July, on Tours en l'air's Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg trip. Booking is now opens and signup deadline is December 8. For more information, click here 

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nutcrackers in Cinema 2017





New York City Ballet
Choreography by George Balanchine
Various dates December 2 -10
USA only. For locations click here:

https://screenvisionmedia.com/events/the-nutcracker/

















Bolshoi Ballet

December 10 at 1255 at select Cineplex Theatres in Canada
In Toronto:
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP

    10 Dundas Street East, Toronto
  • SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas

    2300 Yonge Street, Toronto
  • Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP Cinemas

    1025 The Queensway, Etobicoke
  • Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk

    5095 Yonge Street, North York
  • Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas

    300 Borough Drive, Scarborough

    Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan

    3555 Highway 7 W, Vaughan
For other Canadian locations click here: https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/bolshoi-ballet-the-nutcracker-2017


December 17 most other places
For locations and dates click here:
http://www.bolshoiballetincinema.com/

Choreography
Yuri Grigorovich

Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince)
Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King)

Anna Nikulina (Marie)
Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer)




















Royal Ballet
Choreography by Peter Wright after Petipa-Ivanov

5 December in many places
In Toronto, HotDocs Theatre 23 and 26 December at noon
For locations and dates near you click here
https://www.roh.org.uk/cinemas 
  
The Sugar Plum Fairy
Sarah Lamb
The Prince
Steven McRae
Clara
Francesca Hayward
Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker
Alexander Campbell
Herr Drosselmeyer
Gary Avis

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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ballet movies

1) Mathilde, the story of the passionate affair between Mathilde Kschessinska, one of the great ballerinas of the Russian Imperial Theatre (the first Russian to perform 32 fouettés) and the future Tsar Nicholas II. Trailer in Russian. The film will be shown with English subtitles. Thursday November 30 at 7:40 pm at Cineplex Yonge and Dundas Toronto and Cineplex Winston Churchill Oakville



2) The Dancer Based on the life of American modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller and her relationship with Isadora Duncan.
December 1 - December 7 at
Cineplex Yonge & Dundas Toronto
buy tickets here

The Park Theatre, Vancouver

buy tickets here 

WIN! an iTunes download of the movie The Dancer / La Danseuse. Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures, Tours en l'air has three to give away. To enter, send an email with the subject line LOIE to toursenlair@gmail.com 
Contest closes December 8. 14+ Canada only.





See The National Ballet of Canada, Hamburg Ballet, Berlin State Ballet and Dresden Semperoper Ballet next July, on Tours en l'air's Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg trip. Booking is now opens and signup deadline is December 8. For more information, click here 

Upcoming Tours en l'air Ballet Trips: click here
Subscribe to newsletter: click here
About Tours en l'air: click here
10 Reasons to Travel with Tours en l'air: click here
Travel Tips for Ballet Lovers: click here
FAQ: click here
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Search this site: click here



Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647

Monday, November 27, 2017

National Ballet of Canada Nutcracker casting 2017

Jurgita Dronina in The Nutcracker. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.



The Sugar Plum Fairy
Peter/The Nutcracker
Snow Queen
Baba
Uncle Nikolai
December 9 @ 2 pm
Jillian Vanstone
Skylar Campbell
Xiao Nan Yu
Andreea Olteanu
Robert Stephen
December 9 @ 7 pm
Sonia Rodriguez
Harrison James
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Jonathan Renna
December 10 @ 1 pm
Tina Pereira 
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Jenna Savella
Stephanie Hutchison
Jack Bertinshaw
December 10 @ 530 pm
Sonia Rodriguez
Harrison James
Xiao Nan Yu
Tiffany Mosher
Dylan Tedaldi
December 13 @ 7 pm
Jillian Vanstone
Skylar Campbell
Jenna Savella
Andreea Olteanu
Robert Stephen
December 14 @ 7 pm
Greta Hodgkinson
Harrison James
Hannah Fischer
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Jonathan Renna
December 15 @ 7 pm
Greta Hodgkinson
Harrison James
Jenna Savella
Tiffany Mosher
Dylan Tedaldi
December 16 @ 2 pm
Elena Lobsanova
Naoya Ebe
Tanya Howard
Stephanie Hutchison
Spencer Hack
December 16 @ 7 pm
Heather Ogden
Guillaume Côté
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Jonathan Renna
December 17 @ 1 pm
Calley Skalnik*
Christopher Gerty*
Hannah Fischer
Stephanie Hutchison
Donald Thom*
December 17 @ 530 pm
Sonia Rodriguez
Harrison James
Jenna Savella
Tiffany Mosher
Dylan Tedaldi
December 19 @ 7 pm
Elena Lobsanova
Naoya Ebe
Tanya Howard
Stephanie Hutchison
Spencer Hack
December 20 @ 7 pm
Heather Ogden
Guillaume Côté
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Jonathan Renna
December 21 @ 7 pm
Tina Pereira 
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Xiao Nan Yu
Andreea Olteanu
Jack Bertinshaw
December 22 @ 7 pm
Calley Skalnik*
Christopher Gerty*
Hannah Fischer
Stephanie Hutchison
Donald Thom*
December 23 @ 2 pm
Heather Ogden
Guillaume Côté
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Jonathan Renna
December 23 @ 7 pm
Greta Hodgkinson
Harrison James
Jenna Savella
Tiffany Mosher
Dylan Tedaldi
December 24 @ 1 pm
Jillian Vanstone
Skylar Campbell
Xiao Nan Yu
Andreea Olteanu
Robert Stephen
December 27 @ 1 pm
Elena Lobsanova
Naoya Ebe
Tanya Howard
Stephanie Hutchison
Spencer Hack
December 27 @ 530 pm
Jurgita Dronina
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Ethan Watts*
December 28 @ 7 pm
Calley Skalnik*
Christopher Gerty*
Hannah Fischer
Stephanie Hutchison
Donald Thom*
December 29 @ 1 pm
Jurgita Dronina
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Ethan Watts*
December 29 @ 530 pm
Jillian Vanstone
Skylar Campbell
Xiao Nan Yu
Andreea Olteanu
Robert Stephen
December 30 @ 2 pm
Calley Skalnik*
Christopher Gerty*
Hannah Fischer
Stephanie Hutchison
Donald Thom*
December 30 @ 7 pm
Jurgita Dronina
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Elena Lobsanova
Alejandra Perez-Gomez
Ethan Watts*


All casting subject to change.  To buy tickets, click here

Support your National Ballet of Canada on its tour to Hamburg next July, on Tours en l'air's Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg trip. Booking opens Thursday November 23 and signup deadline is December 8. For more information, click here 

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Katherine Barber
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays
email: toursenlair@gmail.com
201 Hanson St, Toronto, ON Canada M4C 1A7 416.693.4496
BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER

GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647




Saturday, November 25, 2017

Tea and Tutus with Evelyn Hart: Sleeping Beauty


Tea and Tutus

Evelyn Hart talks about  

The Sleeping Beauty

 

Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart 
shares her memories and insights
Full afternoon tea (sandwiches, mini-quiche, scones, cream, and jam, fruit and petits fours, pot of tea) including tax and tip, and one-hour talk and Q&A
 

Sunday January 28, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

$60
TICKETS MUST BE BOUGHT BY JANUARY 21 AT THE LATEST
T-Buds Tea Lounge
2nd floor (17 steps)
3343 Yonge St, Toronto, 
at the corner of Yonge and Snowdon/Fairlawn
3 blocks north (about 5 minutes walk) 
of the north (Ranleigh) exit of
Lawrence subway station
 
Space is limited to only 24 ballet-lovers.
Makes a great gift!
To sign up:
Send an email to
toursenlair@gmail.com

Tickets are $60 per person including tax
and can be paid by 
Interac e-transfer to toursenlair@gmail.com
or 
send a cheque 
made out to Katherine Barber 
at 201 Hanson St Toronto M4C 1A7



Now Booking! Tours en l'air's Dresden-Berlin-Hamburg trip next July. Signup deadline is December 8. For more information, click here

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BALLET MAKES LIFE BETTER  GET MORE BALLET OUT OF LIFE WITH TOURS EN L'AIR
Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays are offered in partnership with CWT Victor Travel, TICO 1892647


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Dresden Berlin Hamburg Ballet Trip Now Booking SIGNUP DEADLINE 8 DECEMBER

Hamburg. Photo by Patrick Baum on Unsplash
 
Presented in partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Victor Travel

101 - 8800 Dufferin Street, Concord, ON L4K 0C5

TICO Ontario registration #1892647


Tours en l'air Ballet Holidays


escorted by

Canada's Word Lady,

Katherine Barber



presents



Dresden, Berlin, and Hamburg

29 June – 9 July 2018

11 days, 10 nights

6 ballet performances by four major ballet companies



BALLET-LOVERS' BUCKET LIST

The Hamburg Ballet performing works by John Neumeier

Neumeier's Illusions...like Swan Lake

Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering

For a printer-friendly PDF of this brochure, please click here



Semperoper Dresden


Friday June 29 DRESDEN

Arrive in spectacular Dresden. Check in to 5-star Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss, 5-minute walk from opera house.



Saturday June 30 DRESDEN

Attend daily ballet class and working rehearsals of Dresden Semperoper Ballet. Afternoon: private guided walking tour of beautiful historic Dresden. Three-course welcome dinner.



Sunday July 1 DRESDEN

Morning at leisure. Afternoon: one-hour guided visit to the mind-boggling “Green Vault” priceless treasure chamber of the Saxon dukes. Rest of afternoon at leisure.
6 pm: performance of Dresden Semperoper Ballet: Gods and Dogs (Kylian), Heatscape (Peck), Political Mother (Schechter) at the palatial opera house. Three-course dinner.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Monday July 2 DRESDEN – BERLIN

Morning: check out of hotel. Transfer by private coach to Berlin (approx. 2½ hours).

2-hour private guided coach tour of Berlin. Mid-afternoon: check into the superior 4-star Arcotel John F hotel in the Unter den Linden district of central Berlin. 3-course dinner before Berlin State Ballet: Don Quixote.


Tuesday July 3 BERLIN

Day at leisure. Suggested activities: Visit one or more of the museums on Berlin's famous Museum Island, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Evening: 3-course dinner.

Sanssouci Palace
Wednesday July 4 BERLIN – HAMBURG  
Morning: Check out of hotel. Transfer by luxury private coach to Potsdam (1 hour from Berlin). Private guided tour of the magnificent Unesco World Heritage Sanssouci Palace, home of Frederick the Great, and Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam conference to end the Second World War. Afternoon: continue by express train (1 ½ hours) to Hamburg. Check in to Scandic Hotel Emporio Hamburg, a short walk from the Opera House. Evening: 3-course dinner before National Ballet of Canada performance: Dreamers Ever Leave You (Binet), Emergence (Pite), The Man in Black (Kudelka)




Colonnaden, Hamburg

Thursday July 5 HAMBURG

Morning: 2-hour walking tour of central Hamburg. Afternoon at leisure. Recommended activity: take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Hamburg and its port or discover Hamburg's many canals on a boat tour. Take a tour through the City Hall or visit the chocolate museum. Go shopping along the elegant Colonnaden. Evening: Hamburg Ballet performance of John Neumeier's brilliant reinterpretation of Swan Lake.


Friday July 6 HAMBURG

day trip to LÜBECK

Morning: depart by train for the Unesco World Heritage medieval town of Lübeck (45 minutes from Hamburg). 2-hour walking tour, followed by free time to shop for or indulge in the famous local Niederegger marzipan. Late afternoon: return by train to Hamburg. Evening: Hamburg Ballet performance: Beethoven Project (Neumeier)


Market Square, Bremen


Saturday July 7 HAMBURG
Day trip to BREMEN

Morning: depart by train for Bremen (1 h 10 minutes from Hamburg), Germany's oldest maritime city, with one of its most beautiful market squares. 2-hour private guided walking tour of the old town followed by free time to explore. Mid-afternoon: return to Hamburg. Evening: Hamburg Ballet all-Robbins performance: The Concert, Dances at a Gathering.



Fischauktionshalle, Hamburg



Sunday July 8 HAMBURG

Day at leisure. Suggested activities: enjoy Hamburg's lively fish market (not just fish: fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing, souvenirs...), a Sunday morning tradition since 1703. Visit the art galleries, go for a stroll in the botanical garden,or take a guided tour through the spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Evening: Farewell three-course dinner.


Monday July 9 HAMBURG

Check out of hotel and depart Hamburg.



GROUP SIZE LIMITED TO 20!

SIGNUP DEADLINE 8 DECEMBER 2017



Total Package CA$4500 per person

based on double occupancy

Single supplement: CA$1000



TO BOOK

Call Eric Moe at CWT Victor Travel (416) 736-6010

toll-free 1-866-699-0199



All prices valid till 8 December 2017



You may use RBC reward points or RBC certificates towards the purchase of any or all components of these arrangements



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 assist you with

flight arrangements.



Dresden

Package includes:

10 nights double-share accommodation

Daily breakfast

Premium seats for 6 ballets

Watch daily class or rehearsals at Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Transfer by private luxury coach from Dresden to Berlin

Private guided coach tour of Berlin

Excursion by private luxury coach to Potsdam

Admission to Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof Palace with private tour

Train transfer from Berlin to Hamburg

Day excursions by train to Lübeck and Bremen

Private guided walking tours of Dresden (including admission to “Green Vault”), Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen

Visit to Dresden Semperoper Ballet daily class and rehearsals

Six 3-course dinners

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

Tips for group meals, bus excursions, and guides

Free wifi in hotels

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



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




Terms and Conditions:

This program is only 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 instalments, 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.



Non-refundable deposit of CA$1700 per person is required at time of booking, no later than 8 December 2017, to secure your space for this package. Single supplement & optional cancellation and medical insurance must also be paid at time of booking



Final payment due 7 May 2018. Total package price is fully non-refundable if you cancel.

All cancellations must be received in writing at CWT Victor Travel to the attention of Eric Moe (ericm@cwtvictortravel.ca)



Passports and any entry visas are the responsibility of the traveller and should be valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expected return. Even if in possession of these documents, entry into another country may still be refused.



If Your Booking is Changed by You: If you request a change to a booking more than 45 days prior to departure, it is subject to a $50 administration fee (including H.S.T.). A name correction, change of name or change of departure date requested within 45 days of departure makes the booking subject to full applicable cancellation charges as set out below. Once travel has commenced, no changes to the booking are permitted.






If You Cancel Your Booking: The following cancellation charges apply, as of the date on which we are informed of your cancellation (date of departure is excluded when calculating these cancellation charges):

More than 45 days: deposit of $2000 plus single supplement if applicable

0-44 days: 100% of total price

Cancellation charges include H.S.T. and are effective from the day we record your cancellation request. We reserve the right to re-sell any cancelled services, tickets, etc. without a refund to you.



If Your Booking is Changed by Us: This tour is prepared months in advance, and occasionally a part of it has to be modified or is not available. On occasion, even after your booking is confirmed, we may have to make changes to your requested arrangements. Most changes will be minor, however, we may need to make a major change prior to your departure. Major changes include:

  1. change of departure or return by more than 24 hours;
  2. change of accommodation and/or accommodation standard;
  3. increase in your costs in excess of 7% (unless government imposed); and
  4. change of route requiring additional traveler identification or documentation without sufficient time to obtain this documentation before departure

If we make a major change, we will advise you as soon as possible, and you may then:

a. accept the change as offered;
b.
select an alternate tour with Us based on availability and the applicable price; or
c.
cancel your trip completely with a refund of the price paid, minus the non-refundable deposit.



Sometimes the hotel reserved is not available due to unexpected maintenance or overbooking, and a substitute hotel of equal or greater quality will be provided. If the hotel standard is downgraded and you accept the change as offered, a refund for any difference in price will be issued. We reserve the right to change published prices without notice and/or to pass on government imposed taxes, transportation related fees or surcharges including those for fuel or currency fluctuations to you.



Force Majeure: We may not be able to refund you in full for some or all changes made because of war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, weather causing beach erosion, epidemics or health risks, technical or mechanical problems with transport, flight delays due to weather, government action, closed or congested airports or seaports, supplier insolvency and any events beyond our direct control.



Tour Escort: If the tour escort is unable to accompany the tour, she will be replaced and the tour will go ahead as scheduled.



It is Not the Same Away From Home: As Canadians, we enjoy a very high standard of living. In other parts of the world, uninterrupted supply of water and electricity, the local health conditions, levels of security and standards of food and drink differ from those we enjoy at home.

 




Travel Insurance

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that

Manulife out-of-province health insurance

and trip cancellation insurance be

purchased. It is available through CWT

Victor Travel. Payment of the premium

must accompany the deposit and is nonrefundable.



You have the choice of purchasing

Manulife Insurance from CWT Victor

Travel. Alternatively, if you have your

own coverage, we require proof of

coverage from you stating the name of

the insurer and the policy number as well

as emergency contact number.



Non-medical Cancellation Insurance is

strongly recommended. Information

regarding out-of-province medical &

cancellation insurance is available

through CWT Victor Travel.



Estimated cost on fully non-refundable

land arrangements of CA$4500 based on a

50-year-old traveler is CA$339.12

including taxes. Price will vary based on

age and state of health.



If you do not wish to purchase Travel

Insurance, you must fill out and sign the

Liability Release Form which we provide

for you.







For more information about this trip, contact Katherine Barber

:

email: toursenlair@gmail.com

phone: 416.693.4496