Jackie Reyes has been one of my favorite dancers at ABT for the last few years. (I wouldn't call her short, btw. She's medium height.) She has a sparkle and really knows her stuff - a solid asset to the corps, technically and artistically.
My eyes were always drawn to Reyes in the big 18th century ballets--perhaps because she is quite short and generally in the front of the corps--but I think it was something more. She lit up those "milling about the village" scenes. Her pantomime reached the dress circle, anyway.
I loved when she got some demi-solo parts, few and far-between though they were. She has beautifully arched feet, long legs and sharp attack. I agree with you totally about her "lighting" up so many group scenes. I am sorry that she will not be dancing with ABT next time I see them. I always looked forward to watching her, knowing she would always be there!
Anne Milewski is also a favorite corps member. Such a lovely, technically wonderful, dancer. I'll miss her, too.
[size="1"]totally off-topic note to self: this turned out to be my 808th post on 808 - August 8th! (also my dear daughter's birthday)[/size]
Edited by Marga, 08 August 2010 - 01:44 AM.