Allegra Kent to receive Dance Magazine award
Posted 27 October 2009 - 06:43 AM
Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:15 AM
Kent will be among those honored by Dance Magazine on November 9, 2009 at Florence Gould Hall in NY (Janie Taylor will be performing in her honor):
Congrats to Allegra. There's a lovely photo on the zine's site.
Also I noticed a nice article on MCB's " dazzling jewel", Jennifer Kronenberg
Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:29 AM
Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:56 PM
I compared online and print versions of the article about Kronenberg in the MCB forum:
[Edited to move some of my comments into the MCB forum]
Edited by Jack Reed, 28 October 2009 - 10:34 AM.
Posted 27 October 2009 - 05:18 PM
Allegra Kent! I wish that more of you could have had the chance to experience just how alluring and riveting she was on stage -- how very, very beautiful. Congratulations to her on this award.
Agreed. I only saw her a couple of times at the end of her career when she was not performing much but WOW. It was a great thing, in my opinion, that Balanchine kept her on salary even though she performed so infrequently. I also saw her taking class, even that was special.
BTW I see her often at ballet performance, most recently at Avery for ABT. She is always warm, pleasant and so unconventional!
Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:44 PM
These days, I've bumped into her in the old Ballet Shop, at Steps, of course, and at ABT performances. Takes a little gild off the lily ;) to see her in everyday clothes and such, but she accomplished the ungilding herself with the writing of "Once a Dancer". That's where I found out that she once ran ads in New York Magazine looking for a mate and did other ordinary people things.
She has the amazing gift of still being able to take class and not be bothered by ogling eyes, not at the barre nor in the dressing room. Her eccentricity manifests in her delightful quirky presence.
These days, I've found - to my dismay - that when the doorway buzz is about "Kent" being in class at Steps, they're not talking about Allegra, but Julie, even with Miss Iris standing right in front of them at the end of the barre!
Congratulations on the Dance Magazine honour, Ms. Kent! It is well-earned.
Even your articles at Dance have been wonderful to read! A well-rounded dance career for an iconic ballerina.
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