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    critic, editor of and teaches ballet history at the Kirov Academy of Ballet
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  1. Thanks very much, everyone! (I haven't been around much lately, I'm sorry to say, but the school year is windindg down, and I hope to visit a lot in the summer.)
  2. I know there are quite a few dvt readers here (thank you!) and I wanted you to know that we just put up a review by Mary Cargill of the Boston Ballet's "Sleeping Beauty". It is our 2000th post! Thank you to all of our writers, and readers, who have made this possible -- and to the internet, 'cause an online publication is a lot cheaper than publishing a small press magazine! -- and reaches more people!
  3. I think "Etoile" is still the official top rank of POB dancers.
  4. A review of the Mariinsky Ballet's "The Little Humpbacked Horse" (Alexei Ratmansky) for danceviewtimes. A Boy and His Horse
  5. I saw opening night, and loved it. I usually enjoy Ratmansky's ballets, and I thought this one was very...original, even for him. and full of zest and high spirits. And the dancers were fabulous! I did a lecture on this ballet at the Kennedy Center Saturday, and asked how many people had seen it and if they liked it, and at least 80% of them (looking at the raised hands) did. I was a bit surprised, as the opening night audience was fairly quiet, until the final scene.
  6. Oh, I'm so jealous of New Yorkers! This sounds so interesting; so sorry I won't be able to cut school to come!
  7. A review of New York City Ballet's second program by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes: Spice Girls
  8. A review of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba's "Nutcracker" by Gay Morris for
  9. The New Year's dance scene in New York is just gearing up, but keep this new site marked so you'll follow it. Leigh Witchel (long-time poster and Moderator on Ballet Alert! as well as a writer and the Associate Editor of, is starting a new site, in New York! Check it out here: Best of luck, Leigh. I look forward to reading you!!!
  10. I'll join in! Happy holidays to everyone and all best for the new year!!!!
  11. Thank you so much for this, Jane. It is a lovely appreciation.
  12. In DC, it's long been the general practice for companies/theaters to invite critics to see performances. A critic is expected to write a review if given press tickets.
  13. I was sorry to read this, too, but at least she'll be teaching here.
  14. Thanks, RG. The photo is beautiful -- she's so charming! (I didn't know that, in addition to being a star at 14 she was a ballet mistress at 19). And I really appreciate the info on the back of the photo. I also had no idea she was the great grandaughter of the Sultan of Java!
  15. It is with great sadness that I report that Judith Percival (widow of the late John Percival, long-time dance critic of the London Times) who wrote under the name of Judith Cruickshank, most recently for and The Guardian, but also for many British dance publications for many years, has died. A friend wrote that she passed away of a brain tumor about a week ago. Many of you know Judith by "aylmer," one of the earliest posters on Ballet Alert!, and someone whose knowledge of ballet (and the world) and beautiful writing was crucial to this site. She was not only our eye on the London stage, but she had seen so much, and interviewed so many people in the ballet world, she could provide fascinating background for many of our conversations and was a model of the "civilized discourse" we'd wanted to have on the site.