I heard Yuan Yuan Tan speak before a production of Sylvia last Spring. Yes, she won a ballet award (can't remember which one) after which Helgi approached her and hired her directly as a soloist. Elizabeth Minor was promoted to soloist after Mark Morris chose her as one of his 4 Sylvia's and the consensus was that she was best of the 4. (I only saw Megan Low in the role and she was great, but I know of a woman who saw 3 of the 4 and did feel that Elizabeth Minor did the best job.)
Edited by sfshaza, 20 December 2004 - 04:13 PM.