USA Jackson IBC Reunion Gala, July 12th, 2008
Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:32 AM
Rasta Thomas, USA - Senior Gold, 1998 - International Artist
Adrienne Canterna, USA - Junior Gold, 1998 - Freelance Artist
Wu Haiyan, China - Senior Gold, 2002 - Miami City Ballet
Joseph Phillips, USA - Junior Gold, 2002 - American Ballet Theatre
Jeffrey Cirio, USA - Junior Bronze, 2006 - Boston Ballet II
Brooklyn Mack, USA - Senior Silver, 2006 - Orlando Ballet
Igor Antonov, Ukraine - Senior Bronze, 1994 - Richmond Ballet
Marina Antonova, Russia - Senior Silver, 1994 - Freelance Artist
Misa Kuranaga, Japan - Senior Gold, 2006 - Boston Ballet
Ramon Moreno, Cuba - Junior Bronze, 1994 - Ballet San Jose
Yui Yonezawa, Japan - Senior Bronze, 2006 - Ballet San Jose
Yang Zou - performing Giselle with Wu Haiyan
Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:30 AM
Joseph Phillips indicated on his website that he will be dancing Stars and Stripes with Misa Kuranaga. It looks like he will also be doing Solor's variation from La Bayadere.
Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:18 AM
Wu Haiyan (Haiyan Wu in the Miami City Ballet company listings) has danced Giselle with her husband, Yan Zou, and others in the company. (Zou is a soloist with MCB.) They blend well together and he is a super-considerate, super-attentive partner.
Will anyone be in Jackson to attend the performance?
While browsing the IBC site I came across this article, which features a number of Miami hires from the Jackson competition. In addition to Wu, there were Mikhail Ilyin (now, like Phillips, with ABT) and Katia Carranza, who is dividing her time between MCB and her husband Luis Serrano's Ballet Monterey in Mexico).
Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:23 PM
They did not have the special sprung floor that they use in the competition so some of the dancers might have held back a little. There was a good crowd of mostly local people. The weather was hot!
Posted 18 July 2008 - 02:09 AM
I agree it was good to see everyone back in Jackson. I was there at the theatre earlier in the day and the dancers said not only was the floor very hard, but it was extremely slippery. Many of them didn't feel that they could gain the footing they needed even with using rosin. That may have been the reason for "holding back." Despite that, I thought it was a great show. I loved the "Pas Glazunov" that Marina Antonova and Igor Antonov performed. Just beautiful.
The amazing thing to me is the people of Jackson. They are absolutely the most welcoming audience. The dancers feel loved there, and it's no wonder they like going back.
P.S. Rasta and Adrienne's daughter is just adorable. I think she stole the show!!
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