Fans meeting favorite dancers
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Posted 02 July 2003 - 05:10 PM
I was a stress case before I discovered the ballet (well, stayed a bit stressed afterwards too)-- ballet finally helped me learn to take time to smell the flowers. Although I had always loved ballet it was more in theory than having seen anyone or any ballets I LOVED. Then, I saw Darci Kistler on the Kennedy Center Honors, and I was a goner (my tape is so warped by now).
I met her less than 2 years later (I was 18 at this point) when she and a small group performed in NJ. By the time my mom and I made it to the backstage area, apparently others had already met Darci and left. But, someone went to go get her for me. The minute I saw her come into sight, I just started crying and crying. I was just so overwhelmed. Thankfully, my mom was there to explain to the concerned Darci why I was losing it. She was so sweet to me. But, it's a bit of a blur after the whole bawling thing. I still have picture from that night-- Darci is still in make-up and my face is all red and blotchy!
When I met her a year later on the night the Balanchine Celebration ended, I held it together... while I talked to her. I mentioned I had been the one crying and crying back in NJ, and she sweetly said, "I remember". After she signed my souvenir book, I turned around to my sis and mom... and started crying.
Thankfully, I don't cry at meeting the dancers anymore. What a relief for them and me.
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We spoke about the performance for several minutes in which she gave me the feeling we had known each other all of our lives.
I don't remember changing clothes and walking home that night.
Posted 25 July 2003 - 01:28 PM
I did have another opportunity to meet him about 15 years later. Turns out he's a golfer, my dad's in the golf business, B. came to the company to get fitted for clubs. I got to see him swing a golf club (no comment) and then I had lunch with him and some of the guys from the golf company. Pretty cool. And no, I didn't tell him about the time he gave me his signature.
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Posted 27 July 2003 - 08:10 PM
I also remember being in class with Baryshnikov at SAB, the time Rasta Thomas complimented my dancing (I was shocked, as I had just been out for over a month with a back injury, and then Christmas break on top of that!), and shaking Edward Villella's hand after he signed my program.
Then there was the time I went to see the Kirov at the Kennedy Center and Daria Pavlenko & several friends sat at the next table. And on the way out, I got Danila Korsuntsev's autograph
But what was really fun was having people (mostly small children, but not always) recognize me as the Nutcracker-Prince at the Starbucks across the street from the Warner Theatre in DC the years I was in Washington Ballet's Nutcracker . I got to be "famous" for a few minutes whenever I went out to get peppermint hot chocolate between shows
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