About Me

     Nadine Lavi is an internationally known writer. She wrote cover stories and feature articles on some of the world's greatest dancers for Dance International magazine for over a decade, and had a series of online articles on dance at "Nadine Lavi's Dance Notes," for the website www.forumartistico.com.

     As Professor of English Composition and Literature at several colleges of the City University of New York, Ms. Lavi wrote and published a student reading and writing guide entitled Facing the Blank Page: Making Writing Easy, now in it's 5th edition. The book is popular with students and has proven to help them improve their critical reading and essay writing skills.

     Ms. Lavi's latest project is the script "The Virtuoso," over a period of six years and 176 rewrites. It is based on the true story of her grandfather, Alfred Schenker, and his life and career as a virtuoso violinist set against the backdrop of pre-WWII and WWII Europe. A television mini-series based on the secret war diaries found among Alfred Schenker's papers, and a TV show to follow, are part of the project.

     A trained ballet dancer, Ms. Lavi danced professionally with Darvash Dancers, a troupe formed by Mme. Gabriela Darvash, and for the Metropolitan Repertory Ballet. After an injury ended her dancing, she took time off to recover before returning to completely retrain with renowned ballet master Fabrice Herrault, and received supplementary training by Dawn Hillen, Paris Opera Ballet star Karin Averty, and the great Russian ballet mistress Elena Kunikova. She currently takes class at Steps on Broadway, is working on a variation using her own choreography to her grandfather's music for performance, and teaches ballet privately and for open classes.

     A self-described "bunny mom" for over 15 years, Ms. Lavi developed an educational and informational Bunny Outreach program which began with the now defunct Petland Discounts stores in NY. She currently gives rabbit care advice online and is part of the advice and rescue group nycbuns@yahoogroups.com.

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