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  • Get to know the ballet company (formerly Southern Ballet Theatre) whose school Tori attends in the

  • Visit the famous ballet school in Washington, DC, mentioned in Future Imperfect.

  • The world-famous ballet school in St. Petersburg, Russia, called the Vaganova Choreographic Academy in Future Perfect, is now the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Here dancers are trained for the Maryinsky Theatre Ballet, formerly (and often still) called the Kirov Ballet. Click through the many photo albums to see ballet classes, the school museum, and the balconied rehearsal hall. You'll see both the old wooden floors and new dance flooring.

  • Visit St. Petersburg's historic Maryinsky Theatre, home of the Maryinsky Ballet (also spelled Mariinsky). Click on About the Theatre at the top and take the Virtual Tour of the fabulous blue-and-gold auditorium, with the Tsar's box opposite the stage. Explore the other sections listed, and then go to The War Years. The Maryinsky was bombed and rebuilt!

  • The Gaynor Minden website provides information about pointe work and much more. You can even meet famous dancers and see videos of them in performance!

  • A pointe shoe maker shares her special knowledge about antique pointe shoes.

  • Lorna Hill's ballet novels about the school of Sadlers Wells, now The Royal Ballet in London, England, are mentioned in First-String Future and Future Perfect. You can find them, and more of her dance books, through Alibris, an online search site for hard-to-find books. Clicking on a book will take you to a list of sellers who have it. Most of the books will be used, at low cost.


  • Get details on the many ways PETA works to protect the rights of animals and end cruel practices. Under Programs, at the top of the home page, click on peta2 to see how you can help! President Ingrid Newkirk endorses the

  • Find out how animals are misused in research. Click on Animals in Education at the top of the home page and then on BioLEAP Lending Program. There you'll find the Dissection Hotline number that Tori called for help in refusing to dissect in science class.

  • See how PCRM works to promote cruelty-free research. Click on About at the top of the home page to watch a video. President Neal Barnard, M.D., endorses First-String Future!

  • Get information on hot animal issues and watch videos of animal rescue work.

  • Learn how guide dogs like Uncle Joe's, in First-String Future, are trained. Under Programs, at the top of the home page, click on Dog Programs, and then follow the links.

  • Visit the assistance dog training center mentioned in Future Imperfect! You can watch a video of a service dog helping her disabled owner.

  • This organization that helps people who want to quit smoking presents information on how tobacco testing harms animals.

  • Check out this site if you love frogs. (I do!) It has frog facts for science and froggy fun stuff -- froggy sounds, too!

  • Meet an American family who visited India and ended up staying and creating a rescue service for sick and injured street animals. At the bottom of the page, click on rescue stories for photos and videos of amazing rescues. Then click on hurt to healed to see some awesome recoveries!

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