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      We have launched our 2018 Fundraiser.  To donate, please see the instructions on our home page for checks (US dollars only) and credit card donations via PayPal.  We close the fundraiser as soon as we raise enough to sustain us for the next year, and we thank you for your support!


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  1. Balanchine's Birthday celebration 2018?

    1. The company’s season doesn’t start until 1/23 (after Mr. B’s birthday, which was on 1/22). 2. The first Saturday in the season (1/27) has 2 all-Balanchine programs. 3. At 11 am on 1/27, there is a special program in the auditorium of NYST on Balanchine’s Apollo. The current description of the program (from NYCB’s website) is: “Join us as we explore the masterwork George Balanchine referred to as the “turning point” in his life: Apollo. Choreographed in 1928 for the Ballet Russes, Apollo is one of the oldest Balanchine ballets in NYCB’s repertory and the first major work created with his long-time collaborator Igor Stravinsky. See Apollo anew at this presentation hosted by Principal Dancer Adrian Danchig-Waring.” (Sidenote: it was originally going to be hosted by Peter Martins...) Tickets for the Apollo program may be bought at the NYST box office.
  2. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    There is no reason to name a replacement at SAB, as Kay Mazzo is already “Co-Chairman of Faculty” (Peter was the other Co-Chairman), so all SAB has to do for now is to remove the “Co-“. Whenever NYCB names a new AD, the issue can be raised as to whether that individual should also take on SAB responsibilities.
  3. Just saw that Darcey Bussell has been named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2018 New Year’s Honduras list. See page 10 of the list. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/671148/NY18_Queens_List_-_Final_.pdf
  4. Gomes and ABT

    How about Calvin Royal as replacement for one or two of Gomes’ dates?
  5. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    In re Jon Stafford - his sister Abi is still a principal with NYCB.
  6. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Hoping that it does not come to the dismissal of Martins, I nevertheless toss another potential hat into the ring: Daniel Ulbricht, who is charismatic & young, has organized and toured his own group of dancers for years, and has raised money (ie, good with donors) for the American Cancer Society through his Dance Against Cancer benefits for over 7 years.
  7. 2017 Fall Season

    Adrian is returning from serious leg injuries (see his Instagram posts from this past year), and Amar is recovering from a shoulder/upper arm injury that required surgery in the spring (again, see his Instagram feed from then). Casting for the third week of this season shows him scheduled for Stravinsky Violin Concerto (a non-lifting role), and Adrian is anticipating performing that same role in the last week of the season. (Casting should be out officially tomorrow.)
  8. 2017 Fall Season

    They've got Cameron Dieck as another Rothbart. So they're going with the tall dancers now - these three are amongst the tallest of the current crop of corps men.
  9. Roster in Review - 2017

    According to a story on BroadwayWorld.com (https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-Betsy-Wolfe-Alexander-Gemignani-and-Margaret-Colin-Join-CAROUSEL-on-Broadway-Full-Cast-Theatre-Announced-20170904) there is a Craig Salstein in the corps of the company. "The ensemble of Carousel features Colin Anderson, Yesenia Ayala, Nicholas Belton, Colin Bradbury, Andrei Chagas, Leigh-Ann Esty, Laura Feig, David Michael Garry, Garett Hawe, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Amy Justman, Jess LeProtto, Skye Mattox, Adriana Pierce, David Prottas, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Antoine L. Smith, Corey John Snide, Erica Spyres, Ryan Steele, Sam Strasfeld, Ricky Ubeda, Scarlett Walker, Jacob Keith Watson, and William Youmans." Note that there are quite a few of these with ballet credentials in that list: Leigh-Ann Esty, Adriana Pierce, and David Prottas, as well as two major SYTYCD alums.
  10. Re-vamped website

    Once you've clicked on the Menu, click on DISCOVER, and you'll see the DANCERS link (there's a photo on the left side of the screen, just below the introductory paragraph). Or you can use this link: http://www.nycballet.com/discover/dancers.aspx.
  11. School of American Ballet Workshop 2014

    Christopher spent another year at SAB.
  12. Congratulations to Baily Jones and Clara Miller

    And Austin Bachman has apparently left, again based on the roster, and on Instagram posts by Ghaleb Kayali and Cameron Dieck a few weeks ago.
  13. The corps expands.

    And don't forget the lone male apprentice this past year: Taylor Stanley also made it into the company (no surprise). This is the first time in my recent memory that ALL of the apprentices got Corps contracts - 10 for 10.
  14. Spring season continued

    Kathryn Morgan posted (via Twitter) that she is dancing MIRAGE with Robbie on Tuesday and Sat Mat, and with Chase on Wednesday and Sat Eve.
  15. New Year's Eve Nutcracker

    Paul: I go to between 7 and 10 Nut performances a season, so after a while I just "rest" during Act I, and watch the varying casts in the Act II diverts. Helene, Carbro, and FarrellFan: Nuts would often continue after New Year's Eve, but in prior eons NYCB would have an actual evening performance on Dec. 31. More recently, NYCB realized that the audience was not there as much, and eliminated the night performance. This year they had a 3pm perfo, which let out at 5, allowing lots of time to get home and prepare for the "adult" activities of the evening. Additionally, I remember the last New Year's eve evening performance, and it actually got a little TOO bizarre. Not only did the Act I Soldier shoot off "firecrackers" from his fingers (thank you to Michael Byars for his years of masterly Soldier performances), but guests delicately took candies from the maids' trays and then spit them out, gracefully depositing the remains back on the trays. The guests also nicely displayed their blacked-out (missing) teeth, etc. All of this was in line with the prior years' antics. What I believe threw it over the top (and put the kabosh on the acting up) was the appearance of a large Mouse center stage during the Snowflakes scene. After that, the company clamped down on modifying Mr. B's production.