Author Signing with Michael Limoli-Marina Svetlova: A Tribute

july, 2019

27jul3:00 pm5:00 pmFeaturedAuthor Signing with Michael Limoli-Marina Svetlova: A Tribute3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793

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Event Details

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a signing with Michael Limoli, author of the new book Marina Svetlova: A Tribute (Authorhouse, $20.99), a book that “celebrates the career of one of the most influential ballerinas of the twentieth century,” on Saturday, July 27th at 3pm.

Marina Svetlova: A Tribute is a book that is intended to engage the professional dancer, as well as the layman, to the dance. The work celebrates the career of one of the most influential ballerinas of the twentieth century.

The journey begins with her days as a baby ballerina in the de Basil Original Ballet Russe company, culminating in a tenure as professor of ballet at Indiana University Bloomington. Her intermediary accomplishments in the arts, such as having been named the prima ballerina of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Ballet while enjoying a decade of tours with the Svetlova Dance Ensemble, are explored, along with an appreciation for a lifetime of guest appearances. She appeared around the world as a guest artist with major ballet companies, coupled with frequent performances on television shows such as the Firestone Hour and the Bell television show.

Svetlova’s legacy in the dance world is extensively documented in this volume by the inclusion of reviews of many of her performances and is accompanied by a host of stunning pictures produced by several of the most important dance photographers of her day.

Michael Limoli has led a life totally immersed in the performing arts. While still in High School, he was a Martha Holdings Jennings Award recipient in Music which sponsored his participation in the Oberlin College program at New York’s Chautauqua Institute. He won a competition at the Cleveland Institute of Music which sponsored his studies in Clarinet under the Principal Clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Robert Marcellus. Limoli matriculated to Indiana University Bloomington where he earned separate degrees in Clarinet and Ballet and eventually received a Doctorate with a Major in Clarinet and a Minor in Ballet.

As a Ballet Dancer, Michael Limoli has danced alongside luminaries in the field of ballet, including Cynthia Gregory, Bruce Marks, Toni Lander and Marina Svetlova.  Limoli has also worked as a pianist with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Ivan Nagy, Kirsten Simone, Georgina Parkinson, Alla Osipenko, Anton Dolin, “Papa” Beriosoff, Nathalie Krassovska, and Terese Capucilli, to name a few.

Limoli has been an accompanist in most of the foremost Dance schools in NYC, and has been a pianist for many professional ballet companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest ballet the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet the Cincinnati Ballet Company and Ballet Hispanico of NYC.  He continues to be in high demand as a Ballet and Modern Dance pianist.

He has been on the Music and/or Dance faculty at Skidmore College, Empire State College, University of Nevada Las Vegas and the College of Saint Rose Albany, Indiana University Bloomington, Skidmore College Saratoga Springs and at Adelphi University Garden City.  His program notes for Music and Dance performances in the Zankel Hall at Skidmore College were greatly admired. For over thirty years Dr. Limoli has been on the faculty of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory in Torrington, Connecticut.

This event is free and open to the public.  If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Marina Svetlova: A Tribute by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit or email [email protected]


(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Hickory Stick Bookshop

2 Green Hill Road Washington Depot, CT 06793