Feb 18 2013

Every once in a lifetime, I meet someone so profoundly amazing, to be with them is to stand in the presence of brilliance. My mind can hardly focus on witty repartee as it tries to keep up and assimilate the input from a dazzling source of soul light.

I want to introduce you to a friend who is just such a person. She’s beautiful, gifted and lovely, inside and out. And, as amazing as her renown and talents are, she is all the more so engaging, because to talk with her, she will never, ever, point to all of her accomplishments. Her name is Christi Stewart-Brown and today is her fiftieth birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRISTI!

Christi Stewart-Brown

But, I am not bound by such compelling modesty. I can share the profound points of her chocked full CV without any humility whatsoever. In fact, I’m sharing not as much to praise Christi, as she’s had plenty of that, but rather, so you know this little Sunbonnet is Smart enough to know someone this special! Why, every time I read about her, or find out about her latest accomplishments, my self esteem goes up a notch and I don’t have to do a thing.

Writing plays, books or “wrasslin’ cattle,” Christi ties one on.

Just read this bio from her web site, for instance: “Christi Stewart-Brown has had over 40 productions of her plays across the U.S., in Canada, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Stewart-Brown is a four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee and her plays include: Morticians in Love, which ran Off-Broadway in 1995 at the Perry Street Theatre, The Gene Pool, Three More Sisters, Sweet Land of Liberty, Full of Grace, Steak! (co-author), a country-western musical about cattle-rustling vegetarians, and Do Not Use if Seal is Broken, which was made into a film entitled Loungers. Loungers, directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball, The Kite Runner), was featured at the 1996 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where it won the Audience Award and placed second for the Jury Award. Stewart-Brown has also written a work of young adult fiction, entitled Kin. Click HERE to read reviews at amazon.com.”

“Kin,” poignant young adult reading.

“Kin,” Christi’s latest accomplishment, is an edge-of-the-seat Young Adult read that was satisfying to me as a grown-up as well. Christi is a startling wordsmith, able to spin a phrase creating images before your mind knows what’s happened to it. She is smooth in her verbiage and mischevie0us. When I read her works, I keep turning pages to see what will delight me next. In addition, because she’s clever, her characters have to follow along behind. A review for one of her plays, Morticians in Love, commends her thus: “…Morticians [in Love] is a simple enough idea: the tender story of first love between two devout necrophiliacs. Now, the idea itself gets a laugh, but what’s a pleasure is that Stewart-Brown follows through and creates characters, dialogue, and stagings that are a real joy to watch. It’s so depressing to see ingenious ideas or plots wasted by paper-thin characters, or to watch great characters ruined by dumb dialogue. Morticians scores on all counts, following up a great idea with solid writing.” — Matthew Richter, The Stranger (Seattle)

But, the most amazing thing about Christi is the entourage of friends she is carrying through life. Just reading through her Facebook page, she has blessed many people with her friendship and they, remembering her birthday is today, have left comments by the dozens. You have to see it to believe it! What love, what tributes and all of these friendship go back years, even years and years. Why, Christie’s friends are writing poems, making movies and singing original compositions for her birthday, each vying for her attention. Why, the staggering fanfare is giving competition to the Queen of England’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the throne.

 

Christi’s friend, Gavin Derek is moved to song. What a guy! LOVE this.

So, don’t be left out of the party! Go to Christi’s Facebook page and say, “Hi!,” check out her books on Goodreads and look to Amazon to see all of her books and mentions, some in the Kindle’s immediate download. Make Christi’s birthday a fiftieth to remember and grab on to a bit of her intellectual celebrity presence, for she is Renaissance in her command of many venues.

Every now and then, someone comes along with spell-binding gifts in order to create joy and happiness for others. Join me in shouting out, “Yay, Christi! Happy Birthday with many more to come.”



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Dec 21 2011

Jacqueline Akhmedova is an accomplished Prima Ballerina
who has danced with and been choreographed by the
greatest names in ballet, including Rudolph Nureyev.

Mme. Akhmedova began dancing as a child in Munich, Germany, at the Roleff-King Ballet School and the Munich State Opera Ballet School.  After graduating with honors from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Kiev, with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Ballet Performance, Pedagogy and Choreography, she quickly moved into the world of European Classical dance performance.

In a professional career of more than twenty years, she was a principal dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet in Tashkent, the Munich State Opera Ballet and the Vienna State Opera Ballet, dancing every major role in the classical and contemporary repertoire.

She has worked with the world’s greatest choreographers – Jiri kylian, John Neumeier, Rudolph Nureyev, Hans van Manen and Peter Wright.  She has toured extensively across Europe and performed as guest artist in major companies worldwide.  She has also choreographed classical and contemporary pieces for many professional ballet dancers and for many students in international competitions.

And now, where do we find Mme. Akhmedova?

Teaching at her newly founded school of the dance,
The Akhmedova Ballet Academy.


One of Mme. Akhmedova’s remarkable students,
Amelia, dances “Shade variations from La Bayadere.”

Students who dance at a pre-professional level have studied classical ballet for many years, most since they were small children. While many ballet studios in the United States teach the Balanchine methods, the Akhmedova Ballet Academy strictly teaches the Vaganova method, techniques define by the great innovator of classical ballet, Aggripina Vaganova.

Deanna Pearson in rehearsal for Medora.

Madam Akhmedova, herself a Professor of Choreography and Teaching in the Vaganova System, utilizes classical Vaganova training methods supplemented with best practices for strength and flexibility training to better prepare her students for both classical and contemporary choreography.

Mme. Akhmedova receives inquiries from all of the world about training in her programs. Each student who applies is required to audition and receives guidance as to their level, abilities and options for career futures. The Akhmedova Ballet Academy opened at its present location in Silver Spring, Maryland in February, 2011. For more information and to read an article from the Gazette newspaper, click here.

ABA Mission

The Akhmedova Ballet Academy is dedicated to providing the finest quality ballet training through the use of personal and artistic mentoring of young dancers enabling them to become strong, healthy, and fully developed artists for the 21st century, prepared to take their places in major dance companies around the world.

Mme. Akhmedova specializes in preparing dancers
for competition and professional careers. Here
are the members of her pre-professional class:
Abigail, Deanna, Amelia, Mme. Akhmedova and Logan.

 

The internationally acclaimed Deanna Pearson was
coached by Mme. Akhmedova for her competition in
Berlin, Germany where she won the gold medal in 2010.

The arts are suffering financially. The glorious visual, musical and performing arts that raise our spirits and soothe our souls need our help. World economic downturns, those affecting us all, have required patrons who used to give freely to reconsider and be more frugal.

If you have a desire to support The Akhmedova Ballet Academy with any amount, your donation would be most appreciated. It is noteworthy that any donation to this non-profit organization could serve as a year end tax deduction.

Please consider going to the safe Fractured Atlas web site and giving so that Mme. Akhmedova and her talented students may have what they need to continue study. Thank you for your consideration.

Click on the Fractured Atlas above
to donate a much appreciated gift
to the Akhmedova Ballet Academy.

 

NaBloPoMo 2011



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