Matthew Poppe


Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Training: School of American Ballet, School of Ballet Arizona
Other Companies: Boston Ballet, Ballet Arizona



The legendary Vitebsk Virago first achieved recognition as a child performer, appearing with the famous Steppe Brothers in the world premiere of Dyspepsiana (based on an unfinished paragraph by M. Gorki). As a favorite of Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and the czarevich, La Effhrvia, as she is known to her admirers, was compelled to flee St. Petersburg disguised as a Karsky shashlik. Upon arrival in the new World, she established herself as the Prima Ballerina Assoluta de Kalamazoo, a title she still retains.



the recipient of this year’s Jean de Brienne Award, is particularly identified for his Rabelaisian ballet technique. A revolutionary in the art of partnering, he was the first to introduce crazy glue to stop supported pirouettes.

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