So You Think You Can DanceSeason 5
Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:30 PM
Good luck to all dancers in the competition!
Posted 27 May 2009 - 06:34 PM
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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:21 AM
Posted 05 June 2009 - 08:23 AM
I'm thankful that one good thing I learned from Gerald Arpino was to not stand in the way of the progress of an artist.
He would have never held a dancer back.
Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:11 AM
I am very cynical on these so-called reality shows. Surely, Alex would have asked "permission" from the company even before auditioning. Otherwise , how could he participate in the competition for several weeks without being absent from the company.It would have been exciting if he "allowed " to join.
Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:50 AM
I am as cynical about reality TV as anyone (probably more, since I used to work on a reality show). But I think it is actually pretty likely that there is a legal difference between the audition rounds and the main competition. I'm not familiar with the Miami Ballet's contract or the SYTYCD contract, but from my understanding on "American Idol" (which is produced by the same company), once the contestants are through the audition rounds are into the top 10 (maybe 12), legally they are considered paid performers, and are subject to SAG rules, etc. which is not true in the earlier rounds. It may be the Mr. Wong's contract does not restrict him from auditioning for other work (assuming it does not conflict with his work at the company), but does have some kind of restriction on what kind of paid work he is allowed to accept.
Posted 06 June 2009 - 01:56 PM
Wong danced a lot that first season and was quickly given solo work: the Scherzo movement of Western Symphony, a pairing with principal Jeremy Cox in the "I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones" section of Paul Taylor's Funny Papers , one of the three lead couples in Symphony in Three Movements, etc.
His repertoire was expanded over the next two seasons: one of the couples in Symphony in Three Movements, partnering Catoya in Raymonda Variations and Tarantella, an important part in Tharp's In the Upper Room, Blue Bird in Aurora's Wedding. He was a stand out in the Tharp Night Spot.
There were fewer big roles in 2008-2009, though he was an stunning Melancholic in The Four Temperments, danced the allegro vivace movement of Symphony in C with principal Jeanette Delgado, and returned in Upper Room.
I don't know any of the details behind this story. It does seem ironic, however, that the "No" came from Edward Villella, a man who became a huge television star during his days at New York City Ballet and who has written eloquently, in his autobiography, about the importance of bringing ballet to a larger audience.
Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:57 PM
All that said, it would have been nice if he could have stayed. Nice for MCB publicity and for Alex, as well.
Posted 08 June 2009 - 05:52 AM
Just to clarify, MCB has a rank between soloist and principal of "Principal Soloist"--it is this rank that Alex current holds, not that of soloist, although the MCB website does not state when Alex was promoted (I believe it was earlier this year if I am remembering correctly from a post on the Winger where Alex is a blogger).
Posted 08 June 2009 - 06:12 AM
Anyway, I thought it would be good publicity for MCB as well.
Posted 08 June 2009 - 06:41 AM
Trained at Goh Ballet Academy. Danced with Goh Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, American Ballet Theatre. Joined MCB as a member of the Corps in 2005. Promoted to Principal Soloist in 2009.
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