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#256 abatt

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 06:09 AM

"Was she so desperate to become a affiliated with the Bolshoi that all financial and monetary considerations were thrown to the winds?"

No one goes into ballet for the financial/monetary considerations. I imagIne there are many in New York who would throw caution to the winds for a chance to play for the Yankees/Mets/Giants/Jets/Knicks/Rangers even at partial pay. It was her life's dream to dance for the Bolshoi; she had already thrown all to the wind just to have a shot at it.

It was not, however, a sustainable situation.

The difference is that anyone who gets drafted for one of those top teams you mentioned, even if they are on the lowest rung, gets paid pretty well.  Womack wasn't even earning a living wage.



#257 seniordancer

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:18 PM

Joy Womack *is* such a gifted and beautiful dancer that I hope that she can renew her dancing soon and bring 'joy' to audiences. [Sorry, but the dancing quality of the Kremlin Ballet is not that of Bolshoi, although they have grand 'production qualities' in luxurious sets and costumes.]

 

 I hope that she can get out of Russia, take her beloved Russian husband along (assuming that's what she wants), and just DANCE. Easier said than done, as the husband must decide if he will leave his family behind. I totally feel for them on this front - I went through this, though I'm not a dancer.

 

 

I am another one who finds the "beloved Russian husband" remark very confusing. When did this happen? The last thing that I read about this marriage matter was in Elizabeth Kiem's September 20, 2013 article THE BOLSHOI IN THE DARK.

http://www.themornin...hoi-in-the-dark

And the passages therein that refer to Womack are as follows:

 

Joy Womack, just 19 years old, is the first American female dancer on contract with the Bolshoi Ballet. Recruited at a New York summer intensive, she completed three years at the Bolshoi Academy’s rigorous training program before being offered a position in the Ballet a year ago. But there was a catch.
 
“They told me I wouldn’t get in if I wasn’t married.”
 
Joy tells me this by phone from her parents’ home in Austin. As luck would have it, she is returning to Moscow just as I am leaving. I haven’t managed to speak to a single Russian Bolshoi ballerina during my trip; I have consoled myself with the knowledge that they would have been guarded, unrevealing conversations at best.
 
But now this American girl is telling me that after a year in a sham marriage, she is filing for divorce.
 
“There are a lot of girls who look up to me,” she says, her voice fuzzy on the international line. “I would be ashamed if I didn’t show that you don’t have to compromise to be what you want to be. I just want to be a ballerina.”
 
Joy has not yet informed the Bolshoi of her intent. She knows that it will disrupt her application for Russian citizenship, and maybe even her work visa. She wants very much to stay with the Bolshoi, which she says has been her dream for as long as she can remember. But if they insist that, to prove intent of citizenship, she cannot be single, “that’s a deal-breaker.

 

Also, is it now a fact that Joy Womack joins the State Kremlin Ballet or is it still a rumor that she will neither confirm nor deny?

 

The only thing that seems quite certain is that her name is mentioned now in almost every article that refers to the Dmitrichenko trial/verdict/sentence - not the kind of PR a young dancer needs. And according to her twitter account, she is currently in the US and will stay here for another week. So let's keep our eyes open for TV interviews and multi-page reports in high-gloss magazines. In any case, from what I know about PR, her new Facebook page gives the impression that a professional worked on that or at least advised her. The chapter Bolshoi appears almost closed, the pictures show Joy now with little dogs and little children and her main mission in the world - for now - is to raise money for a cancer-ridden teacher. These are all very smart moves. That they are also quite "transparent" is a different story.



#258 Helene

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:30 PM

Official sources have reported that Womack has joined Kremlin State Ballet.  She will neither confirm or deny this.  Official sources can always be wrong and things can change from the time they were first reported.



#259 volcanohunter

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:55 PM

The chapter Bolshoi appears almost closed, the pictures show Joy now with little dogs and little children and her main mission in the world - for now - is to raise money for a cancer-ridden teacher. These are all very smart moves. That they are also quite "transparent" is a different story.

 

The teacher in question is Vasily Vorokhobko, a repetiteur at the Bolshoi Ballet, and she began raising money for his cancer treatment in September, before any of the brouhaha surrounding her departure.

 

https://www.giveforw...341&cid=2294021



#260 Natalia

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:43 AM

I had heard about Nikita (Joy's husband...now ex-husband?) last year. They supposedly fell in love as classmates at the school. I posted a link to the lovey-dovey website (copyrighted in 2013...so quite new) about the documentary that was supposedly being made about their story. I had no idea that it turned out to be a 'sham'...

 

Another important fact that may explain the vitriol directed against Joy Womack:

Joy is a Born-again Christian. I realize that this mere fact doesn't help her p.r. in the liberal world of the arts in America. Just sayin'.
 
 



#261 Natalia

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:50 AM

Official sources have reported that Womack has joined Kremlin State Ballet.  She will neither confirm or deny this.  Official sources can always be wrong and things can change from the time they were first reported.

 
 
Didn't Ilya Kusnetsov (the Moscow Ilya...not the more famous one from StPetersburg) dance with Kremlin Ballet for years, before teaching at the Moscow-Bolshoi academy? I think so.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ilyaballet

 

For someone so open & public on the internet, he seems curiously quiet on the entire Joy Womack matter.

 

Ilya accompanied Joy to classes in NYC in summer 2012, shortly after her graduation, before she got her first-year corps contract at the Bolshoi. Now Joy gets a contract with Kremlin Ballet. Connect the dots....  That doesn't necessarily mean that Joy will bite and go to the 3rd-best Moscow troupe (after Bolshoi & Stanislavsky). She should not, honestly. Joy should take her talent to a good western troupe (USA or other N.Am./Western Europe nation) and salvage her career, I would advise. I would also advise her to 'cool' the 'born-again' angle, not hide it but 'dial it down' so that people see her as a Ballerina and not 'the born-again Ballerina.'



#262 seniordancer

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:45 AM

 

The chapter Bolshoi appears almost closed, the pictures show Joy now with little dogs and little children and her main mission in the world - for now - is to raise money for a cancer-ridden teacher. These are all very smart moves. That they are also quite "transparent" is a different story.

 

The teacher in question is Vasily Vorokhobko, a repetiteur at the Bolshoi Ballet, and she began raising money for his cancer treatment in September, before any of the brouhaha surrounding her departure.

 

https://www.giveforw...341&cid=2294021

 

 

Thank you very much for clearing this up. But when I look at this auction now

http://www.forvasily...andvictory.com/

and see that Joy Womack bids on several of the items, even bought one of them, - the Bloch Gift Certificate -, then I'm getting confused again...



#263 tutu

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:29 PM

 

 

The chapter Bolshoi appears almost closed, the pictures show Joy now with little dogs and little children and her main mission in the world - for now - is to raise money for a cancer-ridden teacher. These are all very smart moves. That they are also quite "transparent" is a different story.

 

The teacher in question is Vasily Vorokhobko, a repetiteur at the Bolshoi Ballet, and she began raising money for his cancer treatment in September, before any of the brouhaha surrounding her departure.

 

https://www.giveforw...341&cid=2294021

 

 

Thank you very much for clearing this up. But when I look at this auction now

http://www.forvasily...andvictory.com/

and see that Joy Womack bids on several of the items, even bought one of them, - the Bloch Gift Certificate -, then I'm getting confused again...

 

 

What's the confusion? She likely approached the companies to donate specifically to her teacher's fund—that is, the companies gave in-kind donations to the auction, not to Womack. Then she bid on some of the items, using her own money.

 

It's something that happens frequently in fundraisers: an event chair will approach companies, ask for in-kind donations for an auction, and then will also bid on the items they like. Not exactly unseemly behavior.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:34 PM

 

It's something that happens frequently in fundraisers: an event chair will approach companies, ask for in-kind donations for an auction, and then will also bid on the items they like. Not exactly unseemly behavior.

 

 

It may not be unseemly but, personally, I find it disturbing. The initiator, organizer, or co-organizer of a charity auction has plenty of opportunity to contribute to the cause when everything is said and done. So why participate in the actual auction? To push up the prices, of course, I understand that, especially as it is for a good cause. But again, this may not be unseemly but I find it disturbing.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:58 PM

For small, local auctions for charity, especially to support a person, this is very common, especially when, while the auction is open to the public, the target audience is small.  Also, often in a small group, people don't know what they should bid, are afraid of looking cheap, and don't bid at all.  Many auctions have people set up in advance to be the icebreakers, and sometimes with money fronted by the sponsors.  She didn't do that:  she was transparent about bidding.



#266 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 05:56 PM

http://pages.ebay.co...ll-bidding.html



#267 seniordancer

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:37 PM

The mystery about the Kremlin Ballet is solved:

 

"Now, Womack is rehearsing with the Kremlin Ballet in the heart of Moscow and is currently negotiating a contract, she said."

 

http://www.statesman...-scandal/ncJph/



#268 volcanohunter

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:22 AM

Womack makes her debut as Marie in the Kremlin Ballet's Nutcracker this Sunday.

http://kremlinpalace...ents/view/6356/



#269 cantdance

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:10 PM

Her short film will be shown in DC film festival Feb 21.  http://dciff-indie.o...horts-at-night/



#270 Plisskin

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 12:28 PM

She debuted as Gamzatti and posted 3 video's of her variation shot from the wings:

 




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