Sunday, 1 October 2006

October 2006 News

Dear Friends.
Sorry there has not been a news letter for sometime, not a lot has been happening, but now Patricia Deane-Gray is sponsoring and extending the Legat exhibition to include the dancers and teachers trained by Nicolai Legat and Nadine Nicolaeva Legat.
If you are part of this teaching tree could you please send a photograph and a short resume of your working life to be included in the exhibition?
The exhibition has been to 17 venues in various countries the most recent Wales and
 is soon to go to Europe.
Andrew Stevens former Legat school pupil now dancing and teaching in Slovenia, will host the exhibition in Ljubljana.
We need more venues, would you like to host it, or do you have contacts who would?
Please contact us.

Barbara Gregory has finished her manual on Nicolai Legat’s teaching, it will be an invaluable aid to teaching The Legat Foundation Syllabus which has now been up dated and will include a CD of music, composed by Nic Treharne B.A.B.MUS , especially interesting are her unusual rhythms.
Also included is the music and choreographic notes for Tamara Karsavina’s beautiful Columbine and Harlequin solos, which she arranged after Petipa, for Harlequin Ballet in 1960.
To keep this little piece of history alive we are making it the “set dance” for the advanced exam.

Barbara Vernon & John Gregory in Harlequin's Serenade by Tamara Karsavina

The Legat Foundation and the Ana Roje scholarship fund, helped Alys Owen, a pupil of Moya Vahey, to travel to Perm in Russia to finish her training.
She is now dancing with Ballet Russe based in Swansea S.Wales, they are a small company of Russian trained dancers who tour Britain, do look out for their new production of Cinderella, Alys is a very successful ugly sister.

The Legat Foundation Trustees are, Barbara Gregory, Moya Vahey (chair), Patricia Deane-Gray MBE. International coordinator, Fiona Melvin, Tamara Dragadze, Harriet Hammel, Myra Loshak Sands and Colin and Val Newsome. Treasurer Peter Beynon and Secretary Ella Shepherd.
We are working hard as a team to keep the AIMS of the Legat Foundation which are:-

  1. To advance the education of the public in the life and teachings of Nicolai Legat (1869-1937) and the Johansson– Legat system of classical ballet.
  2. To advance the education of the public in all aspects of Russian ballet, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, by

  • Establishing and maintaining a museum in the United Kingdom; and
  • Fostering research into the history, traditions and development of Russian ballet in Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, Europe and the West, and disseminating the useful results of such research.

24th January 2007 is the 70th Anniversary of Nicolai Legat's Death, his remains along with Nicolaeva Legat are in the cemetery in Tunbridge Wells, grave No c8

We have recently discovered an old film of Nicolai Legat with about a dozen dancers out side 46 Colet Gardens. It is now on a DVD and  on our web site.
Wonderful to see him moving and miming, as of course there is no sound.
Please look at it and if you can recognise any of the people on it could you let us know.

Please do visit our web site at

The Legat Foundation has produced a CD of the Archives, The Forgotten Ballet Master that are now housed in the National Arts Education Archive in Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, England.
 The CD is a slide show that consists of 165 slides of caricatures and drawings by Nicolai Legat and photos of Legat.
If you would like to purchase a copy @ £15
Including p&p.
We also have mounted prints ( 7" x 5") of Nicolai Legat’s caricatures and drawings @ £7 including p&p.

Please send your cheque made out to: -
The Legat Foundation .
 Moya Vahey, 6 Stradling Close, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7BX,

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