Pat could do all that stuff and more. That's why nobody has quite been able to replace her in "Square Dance". Others have succeeded her, but her robustness has never been matched, and the whole ballet is different for it.
EXACTLY! The kinescope of her in Square Dance is breathtaking. Robustness, precision, joy, and overwhelming virtuosity at once....
i saw that film last year on a fairly large screen at the museum of television and radio's weeks-long salute to balanchine
it is the original version of the piece, with the caller on stage and the scenery, etc.
ms. wilde's performance is beyond belief
it can probably be seen on a video monitor at the museum, which is on east 52nd street in manhattan
sheri leblanc (who is now with san francisco), in an sab workshop perfomance, was absolutely stupendous -- but she never performed square dance as a company member
when the music ended, she looked as if she could do it all over again, and then some
what she could have done with ms. wilde's coaching --