Born in the Ukraine, Flora Arbitman started playing the piano when she was five and was accepted to attend a school for gifted children. Beginning her unique style of classical improvisation at an early age, she performed frequently at prestigious concert halls in the Ukraine. She graduated from the Kirov Conservatory of Music with honors and immigrated to the US in 1979.
Arbitman’s style of playing is refreshing; her talent for creating a counterpoint between rhythm and movement makes her music most appropriate for ballet class. Her ability to shape not only rhythm but mood ensures she is much in demand at Steps and the School of American Ballet. She has recorded her original arrangements for ballet class on a CD, which is distributed through Roper Records.
Arbitman’s music and original compositions appear throughout the film.