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November 15, 2013 | By David Ng
An American dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has quit the renowned institution, claiming that she would have had to pay a bribe in order to secure a solo role. Joy Womack, who hails from Los Angeles and who studied at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, is the first American woman to be hired as a soloist at the Moscow company. Womack said this week that she resigned her position at the Bolshoi because company leaders were demanding $10,000 from her for a solo role, according to initial reports from the Russian news organization Izvestia. She is reportedly joining the Kremlyovsky Ballet Company in Moscow.  On her Twitter account on Thursday, Womack wrote "No comment.
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February 24, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul's two-year stint as U.S. ambassador to Russia coincided with a diplomatic chill seemingly worthy of the Cold War era. U.S. Agency for International Development advisors were expelled. American democracy-building emissaries were demonized as foreign agents. American adoptions of Russian orphans were banned in a game of political point-scoring. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was granted political asylum, and bitter disputes over how to stem the bloodshed in Syria and restore civic peace in Ukraine put the U.S. and Russia on opposite sides of an increasingly strident ideological battle front.
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November 20, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Sipping tea in a cafe at the GUM department store overlooking the Kremlin, Joy Womack stared at Red Square and remembered arriving in Russia as a teen carrying huge hopes about her ballet career. She recalled how she would stand in the middle of a circle on the paving stones in front of the State Historical Museum, a spot where Muscovites and visitors traditionally stop and make wishes. First came her wish to be at the top of her ballet class. Another wish to graduate with honors.
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November 20, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Sipping tea in a cafe at the GUM department store overlooking the Kremlin, Joy Womack stared at Red Square and remembered arriving in Russia as a teen carrying huge hopes about her ballet career. She recalled how she would stand in the middle of a circle on the paving stones in front of the State Historical Museum, a spot where Muscovites and visitors traditionally stop and make wishes. First came her wish to be at the top of her ballet class. Another wish to graduate with honors.
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October 3, 2012 | Laura Bleiberg, Special to The Times
Yvonne Mounsey, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and the longtime director of one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools, died Saturday from cancer at her Los Angeles home. She was 93. Her daughter, Allegra Clegg of Pacific Palisades, confirmed her death. The South African-born Mounsey took over Academy West on Westwood Boulevard in 1967 with her close friend and former Royal Ballet soloist, the late Rosemary Valaire; the name was later changed to Westside School of Ballet and they moved to Santa Monica.
WORLD
February 24, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Stanford political science professor Michael McFaul's two-year stint as U.S. ambassador to Russia coincided with a diplomatic chill seemingly worthy of the Cold War era. U.S. Agency for International Development advisors were expelled. American democracy-building emissaries were demonized as foreign agents. American adoptions of Russian orphans were banned in a game of political point-scoring. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was granted political asylum, and bitter disputes over how to stem the bloodshed in Syria and restore civic peace in Ukraine put the U.S. and Russia on opposite sides of an increasingly strident ideological battle front.
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November 25, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
On a recent frigid and blustery night in Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet's Joy Womack was talking about her farewell visit last summer with influential Los Angeles teacher Yvonne Mounsey. Womack had traveled to Mounsey's West Los Angeles home in August because her former teacher was dying of cancer. The co-founder of the Westside School of Ballet - one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools - shared memories about her storied career with New York City Ballet and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and then made a special request of Womack.
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November 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Prosecutors in the case of a Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of masterminding an acid attack on the company's artistic director want the defendant to serve nine years in a labor camp. A verdict in the Moscow court case is expected on Tuesday. Pavel Dmitrichenko has pleaded not guilty to ordering the January attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered severe facial burns and damage to his eyes. The attack was allegedly carried out by Yury Zarutsky, who is facing a possible sentence of 10 years, according to reports.
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November 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Russian-born pianist Vladimir Feltsman has withdrawn from a scheduled performance in Orange County on Sunday, citing health reasons. The recital had been scheduled to take place at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Sunday at 3 p.m. A spokesman for the Soka Performing Arts Center said that the center will work with the pianist's management to reschedule his recital later in the season, provided his health improves. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled performance date or can be exchanged for seats at future performances.
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December 3, 2013 | By David Ng
The Bolshoi Ballet dancer accused of organizing an acid attack on the company's artistic director in January has been found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison. The decision, handed down Tuesday in a Moscow court, capped a lurid courtroom drama that exposed internal corruption in the storied ballet company. Pavel Dmitrichenko had been accused of masterminding the assault on Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin in January. The acid attack left Filin with severe facial burns and damage to his eyesight.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By David Ng
An American dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow has quit the renowned institution, claiming that she would have had to pay a bribe in order to secure a solo role. Joy Womack, who hails from Los Angeles and who studied at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, is the first American woman to be hired as a soloist at the Moscow company. Womack said this week that she resigned her position at the Bolshoi because company leaders were demanding $10,000 from her for a solo role, according to initial reports from the Russian news organization Izvestia. She is reportedly joining the Kremlyovsky Ballet Company in Moscow.  On her Twitter account on Thursday, Womack wrote "No comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg
On a recent frigid and blustery night in Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet's Joy Womack was talking about her farewell visit last summer with influential Los Angeles teacher Yvonne Mounsey. Womack had traveled to Mounsey's West Los Angeles home in August because her former teacher was dying of cancer. The co-founder of the Westside School of Ballet - one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools - shared memories about her storied career with New York City Ballet and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and then made a special request of Womack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2012 | Laura Bleiberg, Special to The Times
Yvonne Mounsey, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and the longtime director of one of Southern California's most prominent ballet schools, died Saturday from cancer at her Los Angeles home. She was 93. Her daughter, Allegra Clegg of Pacific Palisades, confirmed her death. The South African-born Mounsey took over Academy West on Westwood Boulevard in 1967 with her close friend and former Royal Ballet soloist, the late Rosemary Valaire; the name was later changed to Westside School of Ballet and they moved to Santa Monica.
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November 20, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
A convenience store cashier endures a stream of oddball customers, arguments about 1970s movies, even a drop-in by an ex-girlfriend now engaged to be married to someone else - the synopsis might suggest we're watching an early Kevin Smith movie. If only. Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley's “Live! From the Last Night of My Life” at Sacred Fools Theater suffers by comparison with its obvious sources of inspiration. Set in 1999, Rawley's dark comedy centers around sad sack Doug (Pete Caslavka)
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November 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
For most people, the image of John F. Kennedy's assassination is documentary. And we all know what that means. Where do you stand on the Zapruder film? Was this the act of a single gunman or a conspiracy? With the 50 th anniversary Friday of one of the saddest days in America, the documentary evidence can be endlessly debated, as can the Kennedy administration's successes and failures, the president's complicated personality and his legacy. In November 1963, classical music was called on to help the nation deal with the emotional fallout in a more elemental way. It often is when tragedy leaves us without the words we need.
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