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Most of my live ballet viewing is with MCB nowadays. It is only with MCB that I get to see and compare multiple performances of the same program. This this is reflected in my "Best" choices.
Best News Story of 2012
. Miami City Ballet's triumph in at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris; 3 weeks of performing 12 challenging ballets -- heavy on Balanchine.
Saddest News Story of 2012
. The infighting that led to Edward Villella's resignation as MCB Artistic Director, on his 25th anniversary..
Most Gracious Public Statement of 2012
: Villella's resignation letter, which paved the way for Loudes Lopez to take complete charge a year earlier than anticipated..
Happiest Ending of 2012
. The grace, confidence, and sheer competence with which Lourdes Lopez has moved into her new role as MCB Artistic Director. This has had a most positive impact on dancers, staff, audience, donors We can breathe -- and hope -- once more.
Best performances by a female dancer
: Mary Carmen Catoya in Ballet Imperial
Best performances by a male dancer
: Renato Penteado in everything he did, from Balanchine to Tharp and Taylor.
Most fun in 2012
:: Jeanette Delgado and Renato Penteado, Mambo-ing their hearts out in "Almendra" from Mambo No. 2am
American Dancers I've seen only on video and would most like to see live, preferably in Balanchine
: Tiler Peck. Sarah Mearns.
Best writing about ballet in a major newspaper or magazine
: Alistair Macaulay.
Best on-going resource in ballet history
series of reports about the taping sessions of the Balanchine Foundation's Interpreter's Archive
series. (Most recent review, Leigh Witchell: Suki Schorer Coaching La Source; Jillana and Conrad Ludlow Coaching Liebeslieder Walzer
. Winter 2012.). Honorable mention: Ballet Review
P.S. I'd like to second Shirabyoshi's nomination of Violette Verdy as "Best Person Ever." Long may she flourish.