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  1. ABT 2017 Met season

    I agree; I hope Veronika is given other opportunities. Her star still shines brightly.
  2. ABT 2017 Met season

    Respectfully, I think it's time to let the new principles and soloists shine. Ferri has had her time in the sun. It's time to let others have their turn. She was a beautiful ballerina in her day, and she has had many opportunities in her career to show this to the world. She is still a beautiful and gifted artist and is not without opportunities to dance. She is still listed as a Guest Artist at the Royal Ballet. I felt like she stole two performances last year from dancers at ABT who deserved to have their chance. Certainly Veronika would have done a beautiful job dancing Tatiana in Onegin. Ferri left gracefully once, and now she should gracefully leave it at that. Sorry, just my humble opinion.....
  3. ABT has a new website!

    I think we should rename this topic: ABT has a new website and IT STINKS
  4. well, I have been curious about Skorik ever since "A beautiful Tragedy" so it seems I will have my curiosity satisfied during the Sat/Mat, as long as casting doesn't change.
  5. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Beautiful sentiment from a young ballerina coming up through the ranks. Scout's tribute should set an example for the other young up-and-comers. Honor those who have come before you and shone you the way. Now for Veronika...You have beauty and grace that is truly unique and obviously treasured. I sense that your times have not been so easy at ABT. I'm sorry that it took this harsh turn of events for people to come out, stand up for you and show you how treasured you really are. This is no small thing. Know that you are beloved. As one door closes, another opens. May the next door open to something truly satisfying for you. I am better for having seen you grace the stage.
  6. Promotions

    These are good promotions that are well deserved. These are not 'new kids' but dancers who have worked hard and have put in the time, in particular Sarah. I share in their joy! Brava, Bravo!!!
  7. So based on the principal dancers listed for the Fall season, do we take this to mean that there will be no promotions to principal dancer for anybody this year, or is it possible for something to happen in November? A crystal ball would really be helpful about now.
  8. ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    I am also glad I got to see her Swan Lake this year. My husband and I saw her at the Kennedy Center and she was beautiful. A swan for the ages. Thank You Veronika! Brava, Brava!
  9. ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    I am so excited for Sarah Lane. I can't wait to read the reports of her O/O. I wish I could be there!
  10. ABT 2017 Giselle

    Devon next....Please. Brava to both!
  11. ABT 2017 Giselle

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah! Do it Kevin, promote her. It's time, she's earned it! Sarah, Sarah....
  12. Giselle 2017

    I went to the Saturday Afternoon performance. Venus Villa did not dance. Ayano Kimura Danced the part of Giselle and I must say I enjoyed her performance very much. I think she came across as being sincere and believably vulnerable. She was beautiful in both acts. I liked Jonathan Jordan better in act II. I thought he pulled of the 'dance till you drop" pretty well. He was believable. Tamas Krizna danced Hilarion and I enjoyed him as well. Francesca Duarte was a stern and solid Myrta. This was my first time seeing the Washington Ballet dance, and I thought the production was very nicely done. The whole company looked good and danced well. And yes, there were dogs on the stage! The sight lines at the Eisenhower theater are pretty good. I was in the 4th row (H) on the aisle to the left facing the stage. I could see everything including feet. All in all a very enjoyable afternoon at the ballet. I hope Julie Kent is able to do more of the classics with this company and bring them to the Kennedy Center.
  13. I got so caught up in the highlights of the Saturday Matinee that a forgot to voice my one complaint: The Bows. The entire cast never came out and I thought that was a shame. There were also no flowers. Veronika certainly deserved them! Entirely too brief and understated in my opinion.
  14. Stand outs of the Saturday Matinee (In my Humble Opinion): VERONIKA! As I mentioned in an earlier post, she was absolutely beautiful! She commanded every moment she was on the stage. She IS O/O! I find myself almost without words describe it. To try to say more would spoil it. James Whiteside. I felt that he was trying to be an attentive partner. He seemed very concentrated on being there for Veronika. I didn't sense a chemistry between them just yet, but I saw him try to gaze at her and I'm not sure she noticed it. I felt like she didn't expect it and therefore was not Looking for it. I found his approach to some of the movements interesting. I am not proficient with ballet terminology so I won't attempt to describe some of the steps that caught my eye. At certain points he seemed to think, stop, move. I was sitting in the fourth row so I could really see him working. Not in a bad way though. He just seemed very thoughtful about the way he moved. Calvin Royal! OK, I really liked him a lot. He shines. He moves beautifully and elegantly and he also commands the stage. I hope he does get promoted soon. Katherine Williams - She danced beautifully and had an infections smile. She made me feel happy. Cortney Lavine - She was the Spanish Princess. It's not a big role, but I thought she sparkled. Christine Shevchenko - She was the Italian Princess. Again, not a big role but there was something very 'present' about her. I saw her in Sleeping Beauty last year. She was the Diamond Fairy for my performance. She seemed to have a whole other way about her this time though. Much more elegant. Gabe Stone Shayer - In the Neapolitan Dance. He was a burst of energy and such fun to watch; a joy actually. Jamie Kopit - She's got a nice comedic side to her. I can always pick her out on stage. And finally...THE SWANS! They were really a pleasure to watch. Excellent performances for all of them! Brava! Thank you ABT for a truly enjoyable afternoon!
  15. Yes she was!! Absolutely beautiful!!