Valery Lantratov, General Director and Artistic Director,
A 1976 graduate of the Moscow Academic
Lantratov quickly progressed to solo roles and upon graduation he joined the
Moscow Stanislavski Ballet where he portrayed some of the most memorable and
challenging principal roles in ballet. Known as much for his “winning
personality” as his technical expression, he has been lauded in the
Russian press in such publications as Soviet Culture, Pravda, Isvestia and the theatrical publications Dance Magazine,
Soviet Ballet and Theatrical Life. Among his many accolades, Lantratov holds
the highest title awarded to Russian artists: “People’s Artist of
His dance career has too many highlights to list, including being personally
selected by Rudolf Nureyev to appear in the ballet star’s 1991 Farewell
Tour. Lantratov has also danced in the companies of Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plitsetskaya and
Ekaterina Maximova. He has toured as a solo guest
artist in Japan,
and the United States.
Most recently he has made international headlines for his role as Czar
Nicholas II in a production of the new ballet Rasputin which premiered in St.
Petersburg in 2005 with Farouk Ruzimatov as
Rasputin. With his National Ballet Foundation, Lantratov is able to realize
his goal of introducing new audiences throughout the world to some of the
finest classical works of Russia.
Laura Lee, Director, Double V Promotions
brings a diverse background in event marketing, publishing and arts
promotion to Double V Promotions. She began her career as a
publicist by marketing her own work. She is the author of twelve
books including A Child's Introduction to Ballet (Black Dog and
Leventhal), The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravations (Black Dog and Leventhal), 100 Most
Dangerous Things in Life (Broadway Books/Random House), The Elvis Impersonation Kit (Black Dog and Leventhal), Arlo,
Alice and Anglicans (Berkshire House/W.W. Norton) and Blame it on the Rain
Lee, who holds a degree in theater, finds it especially rewarding to support
the arts by promoting performing artists. She booked regional tours for
recording artists with the New York-based Bag-O-Cats Music. Next she
worked at musician Arlo Guthrie’s non-profit
organization, The Guthrie Center, organizing and publicizing events and
fundraisers. For more than a decade, Lee has worked with major
corporations and organizations as a speech writer.
For three years she was the public relations director for a major nationally
touring fine arts organization. In this role, she arranged hundreds of
radio, television and print interviews for three coast-to-coast tours.
Lee obtained the first national magazine cover story for the company.
She was also instrumental in drafting a proposal and meeting with the
commercial agency to attract the ballet’s first national tour sponsor
and administered all elements of the sponsorship. In 2003, she traveled
with the ballet acting as press liaison and company manager. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coe, Director of Sales and Educational Outreach
With a background in classical and contemporary dance, dance instruction and
sales Yulia Coe is an invaluable member of the
Double V Promotions team. Coe has danced with several notable dance
companies in Ukraine
including “Experiment” (one of the very first jazz dance
companies in Ukraine)
and "Jazz-Ballet Style." She has taught jazz and ballet
in both Ukraine
and the United States.
In the United States
she worked with The Chamber Ballet Theater as a performer and marketer from
2000-2003. Works she has choreographed have been shown at Disney World
and the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburgh,
She has also worked as a translator in Germany,
the United States
and her native Ukraine
and in sales and marketing in both Europe and the United
is the head of sales and handles national educational outreach including
booking classes with Russian master teachers. Contact: email@example.com.