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Friday, November 29

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A profile of ballet student Shannon Harkins by Lonnae O'Neal Parker in The Washington Post.

The problem in modern ballet is the problem of the color line. Scan the rosters of the nation’s top companies and African American dancers are rare, while African American ballerinas are nearly nonexistent. The American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland, Harkins’s idol, is a major exception. Copeland, ABT’s first African American female soloist in two decades, taught Harkins during a summer intensive program last year. She’s helping spearhead Project Plié, an ABT initiative to increase the number of minorities in ballet.

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A preview of the Westside School of Ballet's Nutcracker by Cheryl Guerrero in The Los Angeles Times.

This "Nutcracker" features original choreography by the school's founder, the late Yvonne Mounsey, who was a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet and who danced in George Balanchine's "Nutcracker."

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A verdict in the trial of Pavel Dmitrichenko and others will be announced December 3.

The lawyers of soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and his co-defendants read their closing statements in a Moscow court Friday, before the judge adjourned the trial until Tuesday's verdict.

Prosecutors demanded the dancer receive nine years behind bars for his alleged role in the attack. They have also requested a 10-year sentence for ex-convict Yuri Zarutsky, suspected of carrying out the attack, and six years for their driver, Andrei Lipatov.

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San Jose Ballet holds a gala.

To those who know the retired Cuban dancer, it's par for the course. "He's one of the great pas de deux partners - they come around once in a generation," said American Ballet Theatre Director Kevin McKenzie, in from New York with former prima ballerina Martine van Hamel, for the big night, Carreño's first at the helm.
Carreño danced with the English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet in London, as well as ABT. He hopes to elevate Ballet San Jose's global stature the way that Helgi Tomasson has done with the San Francisco Ballet. Tomasson and his wife, Marlene, were also on hand.

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More on the trial in Moscow.

The Guardian

Prosecutors have also asked for 10 years in prison for Yuri Zarutsky, who is accused of throwing the acid in Sergei Filin's face last January, and six years for Andrei Lipatov, accused of driving him to and from the scene.

The New York Times' blog.

Russian prosecutors on Friday requested a sentence of nine years in a labor camp for Pavel Dmitrichenko, once a star Bolshoi Ballet dancer, who is charged with ordering an acid attack that disfigured and nearly blinded the company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin.

BBC News

During the trial Dmitrichenko admitted that he did want to "rough up" Mr Filin but had not intended to have acid thrown into his face. "I never asked anybody to do what happened to Filin. Zarutsky said he would hit Filin, give him a couple of black eyes," he told the court.

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A where-are-they-now story checks in on former Claras featured in the Billings, Montana Nutcracker.

Krietzberg, co-director of Diversity Dance Studio in Billings, performed as Clara twice when she was 13 and 14-years-old. She’s now 27 and helping young dancers prepare for this year’s “Nutcracker,” which runs Saturday and Sunday at the Alberta Bair Theater. The Billings production unites 90 local dancers prepared by Billings dance schools, the San Diego Ballet and the Billings Symphony Orchestra.

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A review of Carolina Ballet's Messiah by Denise Cerniglia for Triangle Arts & Entertainment.

The most recognizable piece of music to many will be the Hallelujah chorus. This joyous conclusion to the first act brought the audience to their feet on opening night. Gabor Kapin portrayed humble nobility as the Messiah, landing jumps and leaps of extraordinary height without a sound. Exquisite Lilyan Vigo has a unique quality of being genuinely present and committed that brings a light to the stage.

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Video clip of the Joffrey's Nutcracker.

The Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, provides live accompaniment of the classic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for every performance.

Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino also contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the Waltz of the Flowers in Act II.

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Carolina Ballet dedicates a Nutcracker performance to local 9/11 first responders.

This has become the traditional Friday night performance immediately following Thanksgiving.

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Sarasota Ballet releases the schedule for its Ashton Festival.

From April 30 through May 3, the company will present 10 of the renowned British choreographer's ballets, with a triple bill on the first three nights of the festival and some shorter works on the final night, where a gala dinner will follow the evening program. In addition, there will be daily lectures and films (to be announced) to supplement the all-Ashton menu.

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Audio slideshow of the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky’s music is performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn in a Warner Classics recording.

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Judith Mackrell solicits readers' views and reviews.

This space is planned to be a completely open forum, so in addition to letting us know what dance you've been watching and thinking about, please post links to news stories, YouTube clips, pictures – anything that's interested you in the world of dance this week.

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Chris Rodgers-Wilson is named as the Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year.

The $20,000 annual award is Australia's top classical ballet prize and artistic director David McAllister says while this year's competition was tightly contested, coryphée Rodgers-Wilson was outstanding.

"He's a beautiful dancer, he's the full package," McAllister says.

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