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Saturday, June 14

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The USA International Ballet Competition kicks off.

A Parade of Nations, the lighting of an Olympic-style flame and a performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet ushered in the 10th USA International Ballet Competition with style on Saturday.

Surrounded by competitors, Joseph Phillips, 2002 USA IBC Junior Gold Medalist, lights the flame Saturday to open the USA IBC competition at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson.

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"It's a vigorous schedule. We pretty much work 8 a.m. to midnight every day," said Jared Sayeg, a lighting designer.

....."We've been working on the project for at least three to four months prior to arriving here – prepping all the paperwork, inspecting all the equipment. Every light you see here on stage is rented and it's all brought in for the international ballet," Sayeg said.

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Melanie Hamrick may have a (new) older guy.

A spokesman for Jagger has confirmed that the pair met when Melanie and the rest of her group were taken backstage. But a source close to the star stressed that his first liaison with Melanie did not take place until Zurich – and that the pair had merely swapped contact details in Tokyo.

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An NPR story on the dancers just in from Cuba.

SIMON: Where does this - all of this leave the Cuban National Ballet, Mr. Tome? I mean, great dancers on the island, but forgive me to use a baseball term again, but it sounds almost as if they've become the farm club for the Royal Ballet and the New York City Ballet.

TOME: That seems to be the situation. On the one hand, it comes with a degree of prestige that speaks to the quality of ballet training in Cuba. And on the other hand, there are so many dancers leaving all the time, that they have to hire a new crop of inexperienced dancers who are just fresh from the school. And it creates a problem with the quality of the performances.

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A review of Pennsylvania Ballet by Ellen Dunkel in The Phlladelphia Inquirer.

Neenan, the ballet's choreographer in residence, also offered a world premiere pas de deux, "La Chasses," which he dedicated to Kaiser. Based loosely on the Albert Gleizes painting of the same name and set to Schubert, it is a series of days in the lives of a couple, Lauren Fadeley and Alexander Peters, that moves from formality to familiarity with Neenan's trademark humor. Peters, still in the corps, is too short to partner all dancers or dance role, but is a rising star of great talent and potential.

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A review of the English National Ballet by Luke Jennings in The Observer.

Acosta, on splendid form, is always there, always in the right place at the right time. His Romeo is a young man wrong-footed by the need to please everyone about him, an impossible task in vendetta-racked Verona. He, Junor Souza's Benvolio and Yonah Acosta's Mercutio, make a likable and laddish trio who consider themselves cocks of the walk, but are helpless when faced with the power politics of family rivalry. Acosta's very human Romeo is clearly unmanned by Mercutio's death and temporarily unequal to Juliet's newly aroused sexual appetite. When he flees from Verona, it's as if everything in his life, including Juliet, has become too much for him.

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The Mark Morris Dance Group visits Japan.

Morris, who performed with companies as diverse as Lars Lubovitch and Eliot Feld before branching off on his own, has blossomed into a renaissance man in recent decades. In addition to creating ballets for companies worldwide and working for many years with Mikhail Baryshnikov on the White Oak Project, he has added conducting to his list of achievements as well as directing and choreographing operas.

The company has brought two separate programs, A and B, each featuring three works, that give a broad overview of Morris’ style and technique. Program A (Eleven, Double and Grand Duo) was performed on Thursday and Friday in Taipei and will be seen again in Greater Tainan on Thursday night.

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A review of the Bad Boys of Dance by Greg Mitchell for The Gay UK.

It’s not a show that’s likely to appeal to dance purists, and in all honesty it’s a bit safe, especially when you consider what Michael Clark was doing to pop music twenty odd years ago. But if you want to see some sexy boys, strutting their stuff and showing off their virtuosity (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then this is the show for you.

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