Sputnik and space travel, a soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer of incredible talent, and a dance called the troika – learn about all this and more in this journey through Russia’s art and history.

Grade 5 Lesson
Students will learn the Russian folk dance "Troika" and research Russian culture and history
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students are introduced to the genre of folktales and engage in a study of several Russian folktales
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Explore Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West
Grades 9-12 Lesson
An overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly with dance
Audio Series
We’re off on a Musical Tour of Europe, where composers were inspired to try their hand at pushing classical music to new limits
The space age began on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik.
This Day in the Arts
January 22, 1904: George Balanchine is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
This Day in the Arts
January 31, 1881: Anna Pavlova is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
This Day in the Arts
March 12, 1889: Vaslav Nijinsky is born in Kiev, Ukraine
This Day in the Arts
May 07, 1833 and 1840: Johannes Brahms is born in Hamburg, Germany; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is born in Votkinsk, Russia
This Day in the Arts
May 27, 1877: Isadora Duncan is born in San Francisco, California
This Day in the Arts
June 17, 1882: Igor Stravinsky is born in Oranienbaum, Russia
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