corps dancers we love as if they were stars
Posted 22 February 2003 - 09:03 PM
For me, the huge gaping hole remains in every role danced by Renee Estopinal. Tall, dark and pretty, she exuded sophistication, elegance and glamour and a certain girl-next-door accessibility and warmth. She was also modest, discussed as an indispensible characteristic on another thread. She never fussed over anything at a time when City's dancers tended to be very mannered.
Among her most notable roles were the Agon first pas de trois, demi in Third Movement Bizet (stage left), the Theme in Goldberg, and -- here's the vacuum -- Who Cares?, the Somebody Loves Me Section (the female quintet), where her status as a first among equals (the lady in the middle) really has not been matched by any of her successors. I know I am asking for a lot, but hey . . . can't help it.
As friends have heard me whine many a time, I miss Renee!!!
Posted 22 February 2003 - 10:09 PM
Posted 23 February 2003 - 01:35 AM
at ABT, Carrie Peterson - i saw her dance a "friend" in Coppelia when she was 14 and i was 11 back at her studio in NJ. My mother and i were amazed at her, such talent!! and on top of that shes a genuinly nice girl!
Posted 23 February 2003 - 08:07 AM
Posted 23 February 2003 - 10:37 AM
Oh, I miss Renee.
Posted 23 February 2003 - 11:48 AM
I also have to nominate Sean Savoye and Tracy Bennett. Bennett and Castelli were frequently paired in Agon, Div #15 and 4 Ts.
And Marjorie Spohn, such a creamy smooth way of dancing.
Posted 23 February 2003 - 11:57 AM
Marjorie Spohn, another fair, beautiful, perfect Balanchine type body.
Could it be Victoria Hall, liebs? Was she not part of that foursome in 'Mozartiana'.
Those women had a sophistication that I miss.
Posted 23 February 2003 - 01:14 PM
In Harlequinade, Nina had the role of the Statue-Come-to-Life, so that quartet would not have included her. Hmmm.:confused:
Garielle Whittle? I'm thinking Phlegmatic, where she had membership in that foursome.
Posted 23 February 2003 - 02:13 PM
Posted 23 February 2003 - 02:30 PM
I always thought of Fedorova as the blonde Suzanne Farrell. What ever happened to her?
Posted 23 February 2003 - 06:03 PM
Posted 23 February 2003 - 07:55 PM
Posted 23 February 2003 - 08:00 PM
Many of us remember the casting policy under Balanchine: almost every corps dancer had one or two roles that allowed him or her a few spotlight moments.
Posted 23 February 2003 - 08:06 PM
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