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Thursday, January 31

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Cooking and chatting with Mavis Staines.

Staines comes with an unusual food restriction. She eats pork but not ham, her hamaphobia stemming from a summer lodging, as a student at NBS, with a local family that ate ham every night. “I don’t’ know if it was a financial issue, or if they were just addicted to ham.”

There’s no ham in the salad, just beef. And a load of sugary dressing. Everyone at the table — Staines, Bradley Powell, Annie Roper, James Lorenco, Caitlin Schooley and Jenny Cooper — is a former ballet dancer. So there’s no need to cook steamed vegetables and brown rice.

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A preview of " The Stars of the Russian Ballet" by John Przybys in The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The 30-member, Moscow-based company that will be performing the pieces is a professional company directed by Sergei Radchenko.

In a phone interview, touring company manager Madelaine Collinson, speaking on behalf of ballet master Alexander Daev, said the company has been performing since 1989, tours the world and has made several tours of the United States.

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A story on the Filin affair by Simon Edge for the Daily Express.

There is also a rigid hierarchy, with the corps, soloists, principals and primas, so there are people in the company who haven’t been allowed to dance two steps on their own in their entire career. That can be very hard to deal with, particularly when dancers have trained for years, have a high level of skill and are putting themselves through a lot of pain just to do the job.

“It’s also a career that has historically attracted a lot of nutters. It’s so demanding that they have to be willing to give up everything, including sometimes their minds.”

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The Bolshoi postpones its new production of "The Rite of Spring."

The company's new production of "Rite" was to have been choreographed by Wayne McGregor, the artistic director of the British company Wayne McGregor Random Dance. The Bolshoi's website states that the new "Rite" would have had its world premiere starting March 28.

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Pacific Northwest Ballet revives "Romeo et Juliette."

Maillot's three-act interpretation premiered in 1996 by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, where Maillot is resident choreographer and artistic director.

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