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  1. Mary Cochran, a former dancer with Paul Dancer for many years, was found dead in her apartment in the Bronx on October 6 (though the date she actually passed away is undetermined). She was 54. She was such a spitfire on stage with a luxurious quality that made her magnetic to watch. Cochran was one of my many teachers at the Taylor school, and she was detailed, exact and so, so nice (and so tiny!). I remember her bringing in photocopies of the pelvic girdle for each one of us to study so that we'd better understand one of her frequent alignment corrections. She was so committed to her students and so sweet and approachable. I'm very sorry to hear that she's passed away so young. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/obituaries/mary-cochran-dancer-who-lit-up-the-stage-dies-at-54.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=arts/dance&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Dance&pgtype=article
  2. Podcast Interview with Sarah Lane

    That was so insightful, thank you for sharing. I appreciated her frankness, esp regarding guest artists and how that affected her confidence as well as the boredom that ensues while doing some of the same parts for 15 years before she was promoted to principal (she was a soloist for 10, but noted she had been doing some soloist roles since she was in the corps; as gorgeous as she was in peasant pas, I'm sure she's happy to have finally moved on from that role).And, I was surprised she mentioned DQ, but maybe that will be a good challenge for her to do something so against type.
  3. There will be a gala held at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in NYC on October 22 to benefit the United Way of Greater Houston for hurricane relief. Dancers from Alvin Ailey, ABT, NYCB, Houston Ballet among others will be featured. https://www.instagram.com/heartsforhouston2017/?hl=en http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3101105
  4. 2017-2018 season

    Thanks for pointing that out, because those sections do not look unavailable to me. Guess I'm not seeing something.
  5. 2017-2018 season

    There are a ton of seats open in the orchestra and balcony. The Family Circle is pretty well sold, and the Ampitheatre is sold out. But, I agree, not great for opening night.
  6. "Where are the Women in Ballet?"

    Good heavens...here we go again. Guess he didn't learn anything the first time around.
  7. 2018 Spring Season

    I loved "Jerome Robbins Broadway", but I'm not sure how I feel about this. If they advertise it well, targeting the Bway audience, it might bring in new patrons. I could see R. Fairchild making a guest appearance for a show or two, if his schedule allows.
  8. ABT 2017 Met season

    Adorable photo of Trenary and Whiteside in a preview showing of Harlequinade. Not crazy about the beard with this, but I'm sure that won't be there at the Met.
  9. 2017 Fall Season

    Good orchestra seats for this Saturday's matinee are $185! Are prices this high because it's their Here/Now program? I don't go to City Ballet that often, but I'd like to see this program.
  10. 2017-2018 season

    I don't think I can make the first wknd work either. And, I'd only want to see Sat night to see Baca.
  11. 2017-2018 season

    Yep. I agree. Maybe to accommodate more families? And, turns out there's a big Harry Potter Festival happening in Philly that weekend, so a lot of hotels are either sold out or at $400+ night. So, I don't think this will happen for me. Too brutal to do it as a day-trip.
  12. 2017-2018 season

    I got the two Saturday evening perf's switched up. Their first Sat eve (17th) is correctly listed in both places as 7pm, and the second Sat eve (21st, the one I think I can attend) is correctly listed as 5pm.
  13. 2017-2018 season

    California, thank you for the seating advice. I'd like to make the trip too to see Sleeping Beauty on the weekend. Although, their Sat eve times are different on the website (5pm) vs. the casting sheet (7pm). I guess I'll have to call them to confirm. I'd like to see that one to see Baca. Their Aurora on their website looks an awful lot like Gillian Murphy (face and upper body only).
  14. 2017-2018 season

    Casting is out now: http://paballet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Sleeping-Beauty-playbill-FNL.pdf
  15. ABT 2017 Met season

    Yep. But, Lane was firmly stuck in soloist purgatory then so I didn't think much of it. Brandt is on an upward trajectory it seems. Still, I'm on the fence too about what if anything this means and I'm not familiar with this grant. Someone commented on Instagram that the evening was terrific, so maybe this was just for a special event of some sort. But, I can't help but wonder if we'll see her do this next spring.