Congratulations to all.
The total number of dancers is down from 71 to 68 (if my counting is correct), and there are some significant losses from the lineup: Principal Kristin Long; soloists Victoria Ananyan, Isaac Hernandez, Pauli Magierek, Elizabeth Miner, and Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun; corps members Daniel Baker, Alexandra Meyer-Lorey, Lily Rogers, Danielle Santos, Matthew Stewart, Caroline Wilson, and Quinn Wharton.
All will be missed, but I'm particularly sorry that Hernandez is gone; he's very young and very talented and I really hope he ends up someplace that allows him to develop his artistry.
Also missed will be Magierek who, in a perfect world, would be a principal character dancer at the Bolshoi: she's the earthiest of dancers and the best (and least lady-like) harlot in R&J I've ever seen.
Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun I only saw actually dance once, in Tomasson's 7 for 8 several years ago; her movement quality has that 'something' that keeps drawing the eye -- very beautiful. Other than that, she never performed at any performance I attended except for limited-dance roles like Rosaline in R&J. Very sorry not to have seen more of her.
Daniel Baker, who was such a good Hilarion, apparently has gone on to a TV show called So You Think You Can Dance.
And I have to ask, if 'ballet is woman', where are SFB's women? There are now 12 male principals and seven female; eight male soloists and five female. This looks a little lopsided compared other major companies:
principals eight male/nine female
soloists 6 male/8 female
principals 10 male/14 female
soloists 8 male/3 female (which seems low, but that's what I counted)
principals 5 male/6 female
soloists 4 male/4 female.