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    Lately, I have been riveted to an old interview with Jimmy Stewart. In this fascinating encounter, he says the following: " There is a theory that I have always had that creating 'moments' in movies is the important thing. Nobody knows exactly how it happens. What you should do is prepare yourself the best you can to make those moments happen. Because in a movie, it's really not so much the performance, rather there are these 'moments' ".Now, when I heard him say this, my memory immediately began to race back to ABT's mystery "light" dancer, (as I later called her), Zhong-Jing Fang, whom I experienced in an unforgettable Romeo and Juliet performance in New York or the burning and searing revelation of Polina Semionova's iron technique and extreme delicacy in a Swan Lake production at The MET that rendered me completely overwhelmed for days. More recently, I will never forget the way Marcelo Gomes supercharged Stanton Welch's CLEAR so that I later wondered to the backstage door in some kind of hypnotic trance. Performers on this level would seem to be in possession of some transcendent quality , some "divine quality", perhaps, so that at any moment they can attract "the lightning". And you just never know when when that "lightning" might strike. And in the light of this interview, I realize more than ever that I fly to New York to expect the unexpected. I fly to New York to experience those 'moments'. And there have been many ....Thank you, Jimmy !
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    Olga Smirnova

    Thank you ! P.S. Drew, I want to say that I became introduced to Ballet Alert when an acquantance introduced me to one of your posted replies. I was immensely impressed, not only by your fascinating remarks but also with the civil and refined tenor of your prose.
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    I am fascinated by the term "epaulment" and have made note of several definitions but I am wondering if it could also be construed to mean the overall expressiveness of the upper body? I am finding, for example, that some ballerinas have the most exquisite arms that seem like musical instruments. But perhaps such a characteristic would not be included in the proper definition of epaulment ? Also, could someone suggest a ballerina who could be noted for exhibiting exceptional epaulment ? Thank you. Alton
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    What a treasure to me that I would receive such thoughtful and informative replies. So wonderful that you would respond to my question in this manner. I will study the attached video very carefully.
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    Thank you !
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    Helene Last year, New York City Ballet swept in to Santa Barbara, California for two nights of unforgettable dance. They were a firestorm of creativity. As a consequence of that joyous event, I wrote a short piece titled: The Cowboy Came To Dance. I am wondering if it is within the Ballet Alert guidelines to post my article. It was created neither for profit or for publication.
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    Hello !

    I am rather astounded that I am receiving a little correspondence from Ana Turazashvili . After having watched her in the "Big Swans"/Bolshoi clip on YouTube, I have become increasingly excited about her formidable talent. And at discreet intervals, I have said as much on her Facebook page. AND much to my surprise, she writes back to me in the most gracious manner ! I will, of course, be careful not to overdo this . After all, she is a very young woman who should be afforded the necessary privacy. But, what a thrill to hear from an artist that I so admire in this way !
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    Hello !

    Hello from Santa Barbara, California ! I harbor an enormous passion for dance and for those people who inhabit that realm ! This started for me when Sylvie Guillem shook up the dance world somewhere in the late 80's with her defection to The Royal Ballet. I will never forget a headline reading: "The one dancer that no company can afford to lose !".During that time, I made diligent search for her one and only video (VHS): Sylvie Guillem: Portrait of an Artist and finally found one at New York's long defunct Ballet Shop. I played this treasure too many times to count. Her glorious rendering of the Raymonda Variation and the delicious fractured dissonance of William Forsythe's Somewhere In The Middle And Elevated instantly transformed me into a dance disciple. My interest in the art form continued from there, occasionally abated by too much work or too much romance. Since 2011, I have been to New York several times to experience the formidable gift of Polina Semionova . Her guest performance in an ABT Swan Lake left me in a kind of hypnotic state for days. Presently, I am preparing for several trips to experience San Francisco Ballet when their season commences in January. Finally, I understand the Bolshoi is coming to New York in July of 2017. I would be most excited to experience the artistry of Ana Turazashvili in live performance and stay at The Beacon (it looks so swanky !) on 75th and Broadway while doing so !
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    Hello !

    I can hardly believe my good fortune to be included in this marvelous Ballet Alert ! I am altogether smitten by the art form and find my passion burning even more brightly as a consequence of pondering your fascinating discussions. So happy to be in your company ! Thank you !