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Well, it seems I registered here over two years ago, and then never posted (actually, until a few months ago, forgot this site existed :) ).

Anyway, I've been lurking for a while now and very much enjoying the civilized, intelligent discussions.

I studied ballet off and on as a young child, then started seriously at around the age of 12 until the end of high school. There was never any chance I would become a pro, but my mother was kind enough to foot the bill for my daily lessons all those years just because she knew how much I loved ballet.

As an (almost) senior citizen, I was lucky enough to see some of the legends when their companies toured to my hometown of Philadelphia back in the '60s - I remember the audience singing Happy Birthday to Fonteyn after Swan Lake (she must have been accustomed to this happening, but she was kind enough to act like it was the first time). And then there was the Bolshoi and Raissa Struchkova in (I think) Spring Waters, where she flings herself halfway across the stage at her partner. Naturally, the next day, before class, all the girls insisted on flinging themselves halfway across the studio at the boys. We were lucky nobody got hurt, since at that age, most of the girls were quite a bit bigger than the boys!

Right now I'm living in the San Francisco Bay Area and finally have season tickets to SFB. I look forward to sharing thoughts on the upcoming season.

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Thanks for that wonderful story about Fonteyn!

I'm glad you finally de-lurked, and we'll look forward to your reactions to the performances you're catching in the upcoming season at SFB and any other companies you catch as they tour your area. Please don't forget us again! :)

Welcome, Peggy R, to BalletTalk! :)

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Welcome to this site!You are right to say that here the discussions are intelligent and polite,that's why i personally like it much more than other sites about ballet in which everybody starts quarreling and insulting everybody just for different points of view in ballet....should take a look at sites i've been...anyway,enjoy posting in here and talk us about SFB as i've never seen them....I'm just on the other side of the world:).

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SFB are wonderful! I have been lucky enough to see them twice.

They have a a "real programme".

Just like the NY ballets.

I live in Philadelphia and we have only 4 programmes per year.

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