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#16 ABT Fan

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:38 AM

That's a big deal. Does she currently teach at SAB?

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:36 AM

That's a big deal. Does she currently teach at SAB?

She's not on the official faculty list at SAB, but it's certainly possible that she has done a little teaching there now and then. Still, haven't other principals at NYCB taken on some serious teaching responsibilities well before they retire from the stage? Makes me wonder if she will be focussing on coaching Balanchine technique and perhaps setting ballets herself eventually.

 

http://www.sab.org/school/faculty/



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

I meant it was a big deal for BAE to get her on the faculty. Maybe that was her first choice but I'd think she could get a teaching job anywhere she wanted based on her performing career alone.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:51 AM

If she wants it, and "Restless Creature" suggests that she might, I hope Whelan has the kind of post-ballet career that Baryshnikov has had. I for one will show up whatever she does.

Or Guillem.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:00 PM

Whelan has had numerous injuries that have taken her out for long periods of time. I'd love to see her dance more but I don't think it's possible. 



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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:25 AM

BALLET ACADEMY EAST

 

Announces Addition of

 

Wendy Whelan
to the Pre-Professional Division Faculty


Ballet Academy East is proud to announce that Wendy Whelan will join the Pre-Professional Division Faculty.  Ms. Whalen's tenure will begin with Ballet Academy East's Summer Intensive from August 18-29 and will continue through the school year, which begins on September 16, 2014.  Ms. Whalen will primarily teach the upper level students of the Pre-Professional Division.

 

Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where at the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher. At age eight she performed as a mouse with the Louisville Ballet in its annual production of The Nutcracker. Joining the Louisville Ballet Academy that year, she began intense professional training. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the summer course at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet and a year later she moved to New York to become a full-time student there. She was invited to become a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1991. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory and worked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets. She has originated featured roles in 13 ballets for Christopher Wheeldon, as well as in the ballets of William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, Wayne McGregor, Jorma Elo, Shen Wei, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. In 2007, Whelan was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Critics Circle Award for her performances with Morphoses/Wheeldon Company. She has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and with the Kirov Ballet. She received the 2007 Dance Magazine Award, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she was honored with both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance.

In 2012, Whelan began developing new collaborative projects. Her inaugural project, Restless Creature, which premiered at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in August of 2013, is a suite of four duets, created by and danced with four of todays most cutting edge contemporary dancer/choreographers, Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. Restless Creature will travel to London and Vail in 2014 and will tour in the US starting in January 2015.  Whelan was recently appointed an Artistic Associate at New York's City Center and for two years beginning November 1, 2014, City Center will be her home for developing future projects.  She resides in New York City with her husband, the artist David Michalek.

About Ballet Academy East

Ballet Academy East trains dancers for professional careers in ballet. The faculty is led by artistic director Darla Hoover and includes Maxim Beloserkovsky, Cynthia Birdwell, Olga Dvorovenko, Peter Frame, Jenna Lavin, Joseph Malbrough, Tara Mora, Francis Patrelle, Elizabeth Walker and Cheryl Yeager. The comprehensive syllabus was created by Darla Hoover and is designed to develop technically strong, expressive ballet dancers, who ultimately can adapt to any style. The curriculum includes technique classes, pointe, partnering, variations, stretch, men's weight training, modern, and character. Performing opportunities include two annual productions: the Studio Showing in February and the Spring Performance in May. The director and founder of Ballet Academy East is Julia Dubno.

 

For more information, visit www.baenyc.com.

 



#22 abatt

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:51 AM

I meant it was a big deal for BAE to get her on the faculty. Maybe that was her first choice but I'd think she could get a teaching job anywhere she wanted based on her performing career alone.

I know someone who's kid trains at BAE.  Wendy has taught there before, but I guess it was in the capacity of a visiting guest teacher rather than the formality of a faculty member.



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Posted 28 July 2014 - 01:53 PM

For people who are not subscribers or donors, FYI the cheapest ticket price for the farewell will be $62 ($59 plus $3 faciltiy fee).



#24 Helene

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:41 AM

NYCB just tweeted:
 

While tix are now on sale for almost all perfs, the Wendy Whelan Farewell will not be on sale until early Sept. Stay tuned...


Someone asked if subscribers would get early access, and NYCB replied:
 

@reviewingdrama We are currently in a priority period for all those that have subscribed to date.

 



#25 abatt

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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:30 AM

I'm a subscriber and I already received my Wendy farewell tickets in the mail.



#26 Amour

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:59 PM

I'm a subscriber and I already received my Wendy farewell tickets in the mail.


Where are you seated? I have a "create your own" subscription and only the 4the ring (at $100 a ticket!) was available. Luckily, I got seated in row B.

I have to say I have been having tremendous problems with my NYCB subscription this year. I placed the subscription 2 months ago and never got a confirmation. I kept being told " it's in the mail". I also never received my letter about Wendy's farewell! It's only because I demanded to speak to a supervisor (who was very responsive) that I got tickets to the farewell. I anticipate having problems getting my subscription tickets. I don't know what's up with them this season.

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:30 PM

 

I'm a subscriber and I already received my Wendy farewell tickets in the mail.


Where are you seated? I have a "create your own" subscription and only the 4the ring (at $100 a ticket!) was available. Luckily, I got seated in row B.

I have to say I have been having tremendous problems with my NYCB subscription this year. I placed the subscription 2 months ago and never got a confirmation. I kept being told " it's in the mail". I also never received my letter about Wendy's farewell! It's only because I demanded to speak to a supervisor (who was very responsive) that I got tickets to the farewell. I anticipate having problems getting my subscription tickets. I don't know what's up with them this season.

 

I have a "create your own" subscription ordered in June and just received a letter offering tickets to the Whelan farewell this past week (ie after Abatt had already received her tickets).  Since I won't be in  NY for the Whelan farewell performance I haven't been focused on it or I would have been less than happy, but I was wondering about not having  heard anything yet about my subscription seats. I telephoned Friday to ask and was told where the seats would be and that tickets would be printed and mailed this coming week. They had also given me pretty much the seats I had asked for, or what seemed to me reasonably close, so that although I had been worried, I am much less so now. Will still appreciate having the tickets in hand.



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 07:24 AM

I have not received my subscription tickets yet either, even though I paid for them back in June. (I know my order was filled by looking at my credit card statement.)  It's par for the course not to get a confirmation from them, and not to get your subscription tickets until late August/early Sept.  I don't even bother calling anymore to ask where the tickets are  because I usually get the old "my dog ate my homework" kind of frustrating response. I'd rather not hear it again.

 

The people who ordered create your own did not get to priority for seating, which is why you got your letters after other people.  Top priority went to big wig donors, next was guild members, next was people who ordered regular, full subscriptions, and last was the create your own subscribers, I believe.

 

The Whelan seating was a fiasco.  My order form had three price choices, with the highest being $134 (plus handling fee and facility fee).  What I ended up with was tickets that cost $167 per ticket.  I was never contacted by anyone to ask if I was willing to go into the higher price category. Nor was there any choice on the order form which asked if you would be willing to go into a higher price level if your price point is sold out.  My tickets are in the last row of the first ring, in the center.  This better be a damn good program considering the price.  Too bad they had to turn Wendy's retirement into a little money making profit scheme, thereby diminishing the event.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:27 AM

 

 

The people who ordered create your own did not get to priority for seating, which is why you got your letters after other people.  Top priority went to big wig donors, next was guild members, next was people who ordered regular, full subscriptions, and last was the create your own subscribers, I believe.

 

 

Ahh...this makes sense to me (more or less). I am hoping to see Whelan for my own "farewell" a little earlier in season.



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:56 PM

 
The Whelan seating was a fiasco.  My order form had three price choices, with the highest being $134 (plus handling fee and facility fee).  What I ended up with was tickets that cost $167 per ticket.  I was never contacted by anyone to ask if I was willing to go into the higher price category. Nor was there anon the order form which asked if you would be willing to go into a higher price level if your price point is sold out.  My tickets are in the last row of the first ring, in the center.  This better be a damn good program considering the price.  Too bad they had to turn Wendy's retirement into a little money making profit scheme, thereby diminishing the event.


That's really not too bad,abatt. I often sit in the first ring and without the discount, the tickets cost $150, so $167 doesn't seem so off the mark. But $100 for the 4th ring is definitely exploiting the viewer and turning this evening into a money profit scheme. We've never sat that far up (we're usually in orchestra or 1st ring). My husband is dreading it since our experience at the Royal Opera House Amphitheatre was miserable. But I want to be a part of this night si I'll settle for the seats I can.


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