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Russian ballet dancer Marina Fliagina shares her talents with local dancers

Leora Zeitlin

Young Las Cruces ballet dancers have been working hard during a week-long intensive course with Russian dancer, choreographer and ballet mistress Marina Fliagina ­-- taking classes, learning a dance from the classic repertoire, and discussing the background of composers and choreographers they are studying. Fliagina has a long-time friendship with Monique Foster, founder and artistic director of the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music, where she has been artist-in-residence for the second summer in a row. Fliagina and Foster came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about dance, music, and a collaboration that will bring the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara to the region next spring.