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    Former ballet dancer, former ballet teacher, fan, ballet lover
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  1. Joy Womack

    There is also the matter of fitting into the look of a company and being adaptable in terms of their rep. I've never seen Womack live. On video I've only seen her doing very classical parts, and in those I think she's quite competent. I don't know how she'd fare going from Balanchine to Peck to Crystal Pite to Wheeldon etc. I also don't know how well she would cope with dancing in a group whether corps or as a soloist. I may be wrong, but to me she always seemed pretty set in her ways in terms of performing. It's hard for me to imagine her working with a choreographer. Again, I've never seen her live and I have limited knowledge, it's just my impression.
  2. 2018 Met Season

    At the moment there are too few opportunities to see Lane IMO
  3. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    John Kriza goes on my list. I studied with teachers who danced with both ABT & NYCB back in the day. They often spoke of John Kriza's power on stage. So he and LeClercq are on my list. For recently retired dancers, I always regret that I never saw Carrie Imler live and there is not much video of her.
  4. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Great thought Canbelto. I'd love to see Bournonville too.
  5. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    LeClerq is very high up on my list. I knew people who were in the company with her and they always said that she could create an atmosphere on the stage like no one else.
  6. Balanchine's Birthday celebration 2018?

    There was quite a fun one a number of years ago. Everything but the mat. & eve. performances were free. There was a movie about Balanchine, numerous panel discussions, Martins teaching the advanced students on stage. Even a vodka toast to Mr. B. It is true that the free tickets went fast.
  7. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I assume they were not paired more because Gomes was in demand as a partner.
  8. Winter 2018

    Thanks canbelto. I'm happy I'll be seeing Mearns in Chaconne. Haven't seen her in that before.
  9. Alina Cojocaru

    Seeing Cojocaru do Giselle in NYC with David Hallberg, several years ago, was one of the hight points of my ballet going. I will never forget it.
  10. Alina Cojocaru

    Just wondering if there is any word on Alina Cojocaru. I understand she had a baby girl. Is Cojocaru returning to performing? Also what is Johan doing?
  11. Thank you so much for posting this. There is so much Ashton choreography that I've never had a chance to see, so it's a great treat.
  12. City Ballet 2016-2017 Season

    I was wondering when casting was going to come out for the winter season. My first ticket is for Jan. 24. I know it is early for casting to be announced but I wonder if it had already been done by Martins, and if not who would do it. I know many roles will go to dancers who'd done them before, but I wonder if there will be surprises.
  13. City Ballet 2016-2017 Season

    Good points Helene. The dancers, IMO, wouldn't have rallied around Suzanne or Karin. Here we are again with no clear plan of succession even though Peter Martins is 71. The situation leading up to his resignation was unexpected (at least by most) but still, you would think some thought would have been given to his retirement.
  14. Kyra Nichols has much to offer. I wonder what Jennifer Ringer has been doing since her retirement. I don't know how much experience she has other than organizing a "Dancer's Choice" event some years ago but she could have the right temperament for the job. Of course we don't know who wants the job and who would absolutely reject the idea. I really do hope it's a woman. It would be a refreshing change in many ways.
  15. It seems to me that the Kistler/Martins dating part of the discussion is based on a LA Times article saying they "dated publicly" when she was 16. It didn't say lived together, had a sexual relationship or even dated exclusively. What does that mean? Were they seen together in restaurants or at company galas. I am not trying to defend Martins. The allegations of sexual harassment and assault are alarming to say the least. There is no reason in the world to disbelieve his accusers. We all know that coming forward takes courage. I just don't want to take every statement made in the press as further proof of criminal and deplorable behavior. I don't see the dating thing as evil or evidence of predatory behavior. Again, I know there are people who strongly disagree. On this one we'll have to agree to disagree. I will stop commenting on this topic (at the relief of some of you I'm sure) and continue to read comments with interest.
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