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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Fan, former dancer (non-professional--studied at Joffrey and SAB)
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  1. Fall 2017 Season

    I had the same reaction. It is certainly not an amateurish image (as I believe it was described earlier in the thread), and if the suggestion is simply that showing Misty in a leotard top (not a particularly revealing one) = Hooters, that is pretty offensive.
  2. Roster in Review - 2017

    Yes, and it isn't the first person who has left and returned to ABT (and I'm not talking about "stars" for whom you might expect a bit more flexibility if they left and then wanted to return). Sean Stewart, a stalwart of the corps, originally joined in 1997, left in 2002 and returned in 2008.
  3. La Scala in Orange County in July 2017

    Except that isn't what Misty is doing... (and according to reports of her non-recovered technique perhaps it *should* have been). Or Stella for that matter, though it was for a time. They have also been (seemingly) accommodating of frequent injuries of late for Gillian Murphy, and why wouldn't they be. I'm just not seeing the factual basis to support the above statement. Part had *some* injuries lately but we really don't know what happened (I'm as upset as anyone about it) and I don't think there is much evidence that her injuries are the reason, or the main reason, for her being pushed out. Injuries certainly weren't the main issue for Xiomara or Paloma.
  4. Ethnicity is complex in the US as well. People here often do not neatly fit in one box either, and despite your assertion, no one (or very few) Americans would argue that those boxes you listed cover all the ethnic diversity that exist in the world. For one thing, you omitted Native Americans...
  5. You made it a point, seemingly, to negatively compare the US and Russia vis-a-vis this issue--hence the turn this conversation took. I'm not "Jewish from Russia" because that side of my family was forced to flee 100+ years ago...
  6. One of the reasons for diversity in the US is our horrible history of slavery, but it is certainly NOT the only one. The fact that the US was a beacon of hope for people fleeing things like the pogroms in Russia --meant to eradicate minority groups like the Jews who fled Russia FOR the US is a much nicer reason for diversity in the US and, ahem, lack of diversity in Russia. So yeah, they didn't enslave people but perhaps we can not glorify a place with their own unpleasant past and racist present.
  7. Ratmansky's Swan Lake at La Scala

    Nina Ananiashvili says what struggle? ;)
  8. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Not sure that follows, since it means Khawly has gone from sponsoring 2 principals and a soloist to (as far as we know), 1 principal.... I would have imagined it wouldn't have been necessary to eliminate Part to make her accounting work out, in fact she now is paying less than previously.
  9. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I also find it odd since she is an exceptionally beautiful woman.
  10. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I thought she was less smiley than Shevchenko on Weds.
  11. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Yeah I took it as a rather dramatic throwing up of hands in frustration and anger at the entire situation: "do whatever!!" with the annoyance yes directed at abt who I'm sure she's mad at, but I'm guessing she doesn't really want to have to talk a crazed supporter out of a tree right now either. I mean if I was in her shoes the last thing I'd want was to have to beg my fans to not make a fuss. I hardly took it as encouragement, although if I had been in her shoes I would probably have made the effort to try and quell the protest.
  12. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I'm with you. But remember it isn't a large number of people and rudeness like that in PERSON by a few individuals is harder to pull off. But I completely agree, and said it before. No reason to put down any dancers (new principals is who I mentioned before, but others either) because of what has happened. they aren't to blame. That is why I think it is important that people who are planning to be positive don't get scared off by a few bad apples.
  13. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Don't do that. Go and be vocal in your enthusiastic support for Veronika. That's my plan. Be positive and enthusiastic. She deserves it, no?
  14. Promotions

    Hear, Hear! I'm really upset she is gone, and I can't say her firing (for that is what it basically is) doesn't temper the excitement I feel about the promotions somewhat, but no one should be blaming any of the promoted dancers for this. All they have done is their best. Nothing blameworthy in that.
  15. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Ugh booing AT her farewell? That will be charming