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New NYCB apprentices and corps members


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#1 kiki

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Posted 18 August 2002 - 02:56 PM

Does anyone know who the new apprentices and corps members are for this year at NYCB? I haven't heard of any public announcement that was made but I thought that by now we should know. Anyone have any clue?

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 04:44 AM

Check the NYCB website for the new corps members. They are listed in the Dancers bios section but the bios aren't there yet. I'm not sure about new apprentices though.

#3 Calliope

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 05:43 AM

Ari put a link up for Sunday too

An article in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times (not available online) says that Katherine Bergstrom, 18, and Savannah Lowery, 17, were given full contracts by the New York City Ballet last month.

#4 Old Fashioned

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 03:55 PM

I wish Edwaard Liang would rejoin; there just aren't enough Asian people in that company. Is there a reason for this shortage?

#5 KayDenmark

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 04:08 AM

Diversity is not NYCB's strong point. Ask Albert Evans.

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 04:40 PM

If the implication of "Ask Albert Evans" is that he is the only African-American in the company, that's not correct. I think that at present NYCB has five African-American men and one woman. But I too wish Edward Liang would come back. He is a very talented dancer.

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 05:38 PM

If you look at the NYCB 2003 Winter Season thread there's mention of who is now listed as corps members on the company roster.

#8 KayDenmark

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Posted 21 August 2002 - 12:12 AM

No, what I meant is that Albert Evans has always been underused by the NYCB. He's a principal, but has never gotten the attention, exposure, and roles offered to other principals.

Where is Evans in Apollo, Evans in Prodigal Son?

Granted, Evans has a more modern style and body than some other NYCB dancers - he's not a Royal Danish type. Even so, the man can do more than just Diamond project ballets and Arthur Mitchell's part in Agon.

Evans is one of my favorite dancers and frankly, I think he has wasted much of his career in a company that rarely gave him a chance.

As for the up-and-coming dancers, I wish them well. None are above corps level, although I hear Craig Hall is talented. I sincerely hope that he is NOT just being groomed to take over what seems to be the company's token black principal spot - and Arthur Mitchell's part in Agon.

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Posted 21 August 2002 - 07:17 AM

Thanks for the clarification, Kay Denmark. I agree with everything you say about Albert Evans. Incidentally, in addition to the African-Americans, there's another corps gentleman of color -- Amar Ramasar -- who is someone to watch. I hope his career develops as it should.

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Posted 21 August 2002 - 11:36 AM

As for Albert, he's such an amazing dancer and watching himI literally get chills down my spin. I had to great satisfaction of seeing the newest corps de ballet members in Saratoga Springs, Ny and was in awe of Fadeley, Lecrone, Johnson, and Fairchild. These dancers have everything it takes to make it, I look forward to seeing them in great roles in the future.

The company is trying to bring in more diversity. I could not agree with kaydenmark more.....craig hall, amar ramasar have bright futures ahead of them rather in nycb or away......i wish them well, also there is jerome johnson the newest corps member, a great african-american dancer. I spotted him in the corps of theme&variations and his bravura amazed me , he's one to watch. I heard he is a princess grace award winner, is this true??

Aesha Ash? Whats going to happen to her? She's so beautiful but NYCB seems not to be taking action with her? what are other peoples thoughts....she is a gorgeous dancer!

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Posted 21 August 2002 - 07:25 PM

Hi!
I've also been delighted with Jerome Johnson's dancing! He and Megan LeCrone are both from the NC School of the Arts, and have danced together in competitions and performances. Johnson received a Princess Grace Foundation scholarship in 2000 and was a Prix De Lausanne finalist the following year. If I'm not mistaken, he was only at SAB for a short time before becoming an apprentice and never was in one of the annual workshops.

Aesha Ash has been given some good opportunities by NYCB-this past season she debuted as Hippolyta in "Midsummer's" and as the female lead in the Explosions Polka section of "Vienna Waltzes". She also got great reviews in Albert Evans' Diamond project ballet. She's a good dancer, but I think perhaps not yet ready for promotion.

Kate

#12 KayDenmark

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Posted 22 August 2002 - 05:30 AM

Can't wait to see Johnson dance!

It's so much fun to watch dancers at the beginning of their careers, when they have so much possibility and promise. It's also a nice antidote to complaining about all the older dancers who, for one reason or another, have failed to fulfill their promise.

Ramasar really stood out at his SAB workshop, I remember, for his fine jump as well as the fact he was the only East Indian in view. I ran into him on the street the next day, handing out NYCB fliers for some extra student cash, and he was absolutely thrilled that anyone recognized him. So there are some **benefits** to being a person of color in a mostly white company!

Has he had any good parts this past season?


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