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Five new soloists at RDB


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#1 Jane Simpson

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:47 AM

Though I haven't seen a formal announcement, the RDB website today lists five former corps de ballet dancers as soloists:

Lena-Maria Gruber
Alexandra lo Sardo
J'aime Crandall
Gregory Dean
Alexander Staeger

No surprise for the two men, who've both already danced big leading roles; the three women haven't had quite that much exposure but all of them have showed up very well in soloist roles. Crandall also danced Aurora in the recent Sleeping Beauty and lo Sardo was an unexpected but very successful choice for the second movement in Symphony in C last season; Gruber stands out for her confidence and stylishness. It's good news for all of them.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:37 AM

Though I haven't seen a formal announcement, the RDB website today lists five former corps de ballet dancers as soloists:

Lena-Maria Gruber
Alexandra lo Sardo
J'aime Crandall
Gregory Dean
Alexander Staeger

No surprise for the two men, who've both already danced big leading roles; the three women haven't had quite that much exposure but all of them have showed up very well in soloist roles. Crandall also danced Aurora in the recent Sleeping Beauty and lo Sardo was an unexpected but very successful choice for the second movement in Symphony in C last season; Gruber stands out for her confidence and stylishness. It's good news for all of them.

Thank you Jane and congrats to all of them, but especially to Alexander Stęger, he should in my opinion have been a soloist already...

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 07:33 AM

Though I haven't seen a formal announcement, the RDB website today lists five former corps de ballet dancers as soloists:

Lena-Maria Gruber
Alexandra lo Sardo
J'aime Crandall
Gregory Dean
Alexander Staeger

No surprise for the two men, who've both already danced big leading roles; the three women haven't had quite that much exposure but all of them have showed up very well in soloist roles. Crandall also danced Aurora in the recent Sleeping Beauty and lo Sardo was an unexpected but very successful choice for the second movement in Symphony in C last season; Gruber stands out for her confidence and stylishness. It's good news for all of them.


Congratulations to all five! They are all very capable dancers, though I have no very clear impression of J'aime Crandall, whom I havent' had the luck to see in any larger part. I'm especially happy to see Alexander Staeger on the list, he has long been an obvious choice. A good actor and an expressive dancer.


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