Posted 02 December 2001 - 01:58 PM
I remember one time when my mother called me up at a friend's house and told me that I could meet Maria Tallchief that evening if I wanted to. It was not a public meeting. Maria was coming to see something at my mother's theatre. I called my two best friends and of course they were eager to come with me. When we met her she was very very nice and she asked us about our dancing and where we wanted to go for the summer. She also signed a pair of pointe shoes (unfortunately they were ours) for each of us. It was a wonderful experience. cool.gif
Of course it is also wonderful to work with the amazing dancers in the company attached to my school. What a treat around this time of year.
So share all of your fun times. They are special moments that you should always remember. tongue.gif
[ December 02, 2001: Message edited by: ballerinaDEDG ]
Posted 02 December 2001 - 06:14 PM
Dame Margot was guesting with ABT when I was a there, and meeting and talking to her was very special because she was such a gracious LADY, in the true sense of the word. She seemed to have a genuine interest in all of the young dancers and spoke to them easily and willingly, not at all condescending nor concerned whether she was talking to a principal, soloist or corps member.
As an even younger dancer I had the wonderful opportunity of working closely with Violette Verdy for several months. I was 19 years old, and the understudy for her role in a ballet we were performing in London. She worked with me daily and coached me in the role. She was the most musical dancer I have ever known, and also most generous in imparting her knowledge and giving of her time to work with me.
Posted 02 December 2001 - 08:06 PM
Posted 02 December 2001 - 08:45 PM
As a dancer and teacher, I would have to say Lupe Serrano was the one who had the most affect upon me. A very strong, intelligent and straight forward person, who is able to make it all seem so logical. I have many fond memories and things to thank her for.
Also on the list I most definely should add Benjamin Harkarvy, Barbara Weisberger, Jurgen Schneider and Janina Ciunovas. All brilliant teachers or directors who have given their souls to the art form of ballet and the development of teachers.
Posted 02 December 2001 - 09:51 PM
vrs, actually Violette was trained in Paris, I believe primarily by a teacher named Madame Rosanne, or something like that. I used to know, but it's been a long time. And she danced with ABT even before working in NYCB. I never really thought of her as a Balanchine dancer, as I think she was very rooted in French training. That may have changed over the years but not at the time I worked with her.
Posted 03 December 2001 - 05:45 AM
Verdy started her career when she was only 13 with Petit's Ballets des Champs-Elysees, and created his ballet "Le Loup" when she was 20. So she had already had a long career before joining the NYCB when she was 25... smile.gif
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