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  1. BalletFan

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Classic Ballet: I agree with everything you wrote. Wow, what a night it was last night!! I've never been a fan of Isabella, but now I am. Yes, as you said, she "completely knocked the ball out of the park." I, too, would rank this as one of my top Juliet performances of all time. Isabella and David were absolutely fabulous together, much better than David and Natalia were last month. I'm so glad I saw this performance, and I hope this partnership continues to grow.
  2. BalletFan

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Is this why there were no open curtain bows? I was there on Tuesday evening, too, and it was puzzling to me. I don't think I've ever seen this happen before. Yes, Juliet is a good role for Misty (and for Hee Seo, too, by the way). I thought Misty, and Herman, were great last night.
  3. BalletFan

    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    I attended the Friday evening performance with Sarah Lane, Jeffrey Cirio, Stella Abrera and David Hallberg, and was quite pleasantly surprised! I had seen the excerpts of Harlequinade at the Spring Gala and wasn't all that impressed, and I exchanged one of my subscription tickets for something else. I almost exchanged the other one... but so I'm glad I didn't. I liked everything about this ballet: the dancing, the costumes and the sets. Based on the early reviews, I was expecting a lot of empty seats, but that was not the case at all. While it wasn't a sell-out, the house seemed to be well sold. This is a lighthearted ballet. You can’t go in expecting Swan Lake or Romeo & Juliet. Some comedic ballets just don't work for me, but this one did. It is steeped in history, which I appreciate, and you can tell that a lot of thought, effort and work went into this production. If you can, try to attend the final performance tonight... or catch it at the Kennedy Center next year.
  4. BalletFan

    Fall 2017 Season

    I guess no one else attended the gala, but I couldn't resist. While I'm definitely more of a story ballet kind of gal, I really enjoyed the program on Wednesday evening. I'd say that Ratmansky's Songs of Bukovina is certainly worth seeing. I also liked Thirteen Diversions. The Gift was great fun, too, but unfortunately, it was a one-shot deal and won't be performed again this season (if at all). A very nice evening, in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised.
  5. This is very sad. I wish them both the best. Unfortunately, though, I'm not surprised by this news. I remember reading an article in the NY Times two years ago about the state of their marriage. Tiler and Robbie were just newlyweds at the time. They had only been married for one year, but according to the article, were hardly ever together. It didn't sound very promising at all. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/style/for-robert-fairchild-and-tiler-peck-a-partnership-that-stays-in-step.html
  6. BalletFan

    Colorado Ballet 2016-17 roster

    Hmmm... maybe she was intending to come back to Colorado Ballet after her L.A. Magazine internship ended, but at the last minute, decided not to?? I don't know. I started following Alexandra on Instagram because she used to dance with ABT. (Her mother also danced with ABT.) But I never thought that Alexandra sounded happy with her dance career. I remember one post where she talked about "pointing to a random city on a map and moving there to start in a completely different profession." According to her social media postings, she sounded much happier after moving to Los Angeles. https://www.instagram.com/p/BCEzu1aOCxt/?taken-by=aepullen14&hl=en
  7. BalletFan

    Colorado Ballet 2016-17 roster

    Alexandra Pullen, corps de ballet dancer, is no longer on the roster. She was interning at L.A. Magazine this summer. Apparently, she's decided to stay L.A., and is now working as a freelance writer, social media specialist and copywriter. After two years with ABT and two years with Colorado Ballet, it looks like she's leaving her dance career behind.
  8. BalletFan

    Roster in Review - 2016 Edition

    I agree with vrsfanatic that it's most probably a different Sarah Smith who's joining the Kansas City Ballet. I'm surprised that Melanie Hamrick is still listed. I wonder if she really will come back after the baby is born??? We'll see....
  9. BalletFan

    Roster in Review - 2016 Edition

    Besides Lily Wisdom and Sterling Bacca, the following corps dancers are no longer listed on ABT's website: - Rachelle di Stasio - Kenneth Easter - Sarah Smith - Raphael Spyker According to Instagram, Sarah Smith is expecting a baby. Also, she was out for a few years due to injury. It's been quite a while since I've seen her on stage.
  10. BalletFan

    Swan Lake-Spring 2014

    Actually, Nicola Curry is leaving for a good reason: She is getting married next month to a man from "Down Under" and moving to Australia. More good news: Nicola will be joining the Australian Ballet! (I'm not sure when she will start with the company.) While she is sad to be leaving NYC and ABT, she says she's excited--and nervous--about starting this new chapter in her life. She has posted about this on her Instagram account.