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I couldn't find the section about "whatever happened to" the dancers on the First Position documentary but there was a nice segment on Miko Fogarty on tonight's Newshour. She's joined the Royal Birmingham Ballet. Here's the segment: http://youtu.be/-D3xhTYcBKY.

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I enjoy looking at her Instagram, but I've lost track of her actual ballet. I hope she's doing well. She and her family were neat to learn about in First Position.

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Congrats to Miko Fogarty that she is with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. I watched the film First Position that she was featured in with interest. The film left me with questions about the competition scene. Did Ms. Fogarty really need all those private lessons and competition prep to land a corps contract in the BRB (I am in no way denigrating that company)? I don't know. I'm an old timer and things have changed so I don't know the answer. I hope she copes well with standing in line, making formations and not having a coach and mother telling her what to do.

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I have worked various Asian Competitions, as a judge where Ms. Forgarty was the leading guest artist. She was without her mother and handled herself quite well with the young children and the international panel of judges. She is still a youngster. She will develop personally and professionally.

As for the private lessons, I have no idea. Really only she and her teacher know that answer. I am not a private lesson fan so it is best I not begin on that subject.

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So Miko is no longer on the Birmingham website.  Anyone know what happened to her?  

 

I hope I'm wrong but I fear that she is more into being a "celebrity" ballet dancer on instagram/social media, then she is in working her way up a company.  Hope that is not the case because she is very talented.

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Interestingly, she was always on a 1-year contract w/ BRB (http://dancetabs.com/2015/06/birmingham-royal-ballet-promotions-leavers-and-starters-june-2015/). 

 

She's been dealing with an injury as well: 

 

I do wish she'd find a place to settle down and grow as an artist (full disclosure: I used to take open class with her often in the Bay Area and she's a lovely dancer and person). I wonder if the plan is to take this year off and audition in the spring. 

 

Similarly, I'm somewhat confused by Juliet Doherty's remaining in AZ and on the competition/Instagram circuit after her successes w/ SFBS and the Stroman "Little Dancer" show and wonder if these girls are really making a decent living outside the confines of a traditional company through sponsorships etc. 

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1 hour ago, apollosmuse said:

Similarly, I'm somewhat confused by Juliet Doherty's remaining in AZ and on the competition/Instagram circuit after her successes w/ SFBS and the Stroman "Little Dancer" show and wonder if these girls are really making a decent living outside the confines of a traditional company through sponsorships etc. 

 

Agree to an extent, but she didn't stay at SFBS long. IIRC, she left for Master Ballet Academy (where her mom is now teaching) and Instagram. Perhaps Instagram should start its own ballet company...

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I saw Miko Fogerty dancing in a gala in August and although her technique was brilliant and had a lovely stage presence, apparently she was out of shape. I hope she will recover from her injury and be back on stage soon. 

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29 minutes ago, PeggyTulle said:

 

Agree to an extent, but she didn't stay at SFBS long. IIRC, she left for Master Ballet Academy (where her mom is now teaching) and Instagram. Perhaps Instagram should start its own ballet company...

 

She was there 2.5 years and did Clara twice in Nut. Not that long perhaps, but as long (or longer) than many company members train there. 

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4 hours ago, apollosmuse said:

Interestingly, she was always on a 1-year contract w/ BRB (http://dancetabs.com/2015/06/birmingham-royal-ballet-promotions-leavers-and-starters-june-2015/). 

 

She's been dealing with an injury as well: 

 

I do wish she'd find a place to settle down and grow as an artist (full disclosure: I used to take open class with her often in the Bay Area and she's a lovely dancer and person). I wonder if the plan is to take this year off and audition in the spring. 

 

Similarly, I'm somewhat confused by Juliet Doherty's remaining in AZ and on the competition/Instagram circuit after her successes w/ SFBS and the Stroman "Little Dancer" show and wonder if these girls are really making a decent living outside the confines of a traditional company through sponsorships etc. 

 

I didn't know she was injured.  Hope she heals up and gets back to a company soon.  She is so talented, I'd really like to see her progress through a company.  Same with Juliet Doherty.  I didn't realize she was no longer at SFBS.

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Juliet actually left SFBS, after her Little Dancer stint, and kind of in a mad dash.  She is with the Master Ballet Academy teachers and has done some guesting.  She went to Varna (and maybe made it to the 2nd round.)  

 

I think that there *may* be a lack of depth in the training of these two young women.  I think that something happens when you flit from studio to studio, as they both did and then run around to galas and competitions. If your training is focusing constantly on the next performance, which I believe they both did, then you really can be sacrificing technique. . . at least you might be sacrificing the extra time that your peers are spending in the studio. And those fine differences may be distinguishing dancers at the professional ranks.

 

In addition, these people tend to focus so much on their promotion scheme (pictures, galas, competitions, modeling, contests) that they forget to invest time in what they are promoting--their dance skills. If it's good enough to render a stunning picture or quad pirouette on a video, then they think that they are good enough for a company.  But the company doesn't want a picture or a quad pirouette. They want you to stay in line with the corps. .  At 16 they kind of view themselves as finished products, when they aren't.

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A large company is unlikely to want a green solo dancer, especially one that hasn't been trained by their school.  It's possible if they are a small-medium-sized company that wants to do a shake-up, like Tom Seaver did for the late 60's Mets, when he refused to accept the laissez faire attitude of his teammates.  It's tricky for company morale to bring in someone from the outside to take on featured roles, and companies have to be convinced the dancer is worth that. 

 

Most companies need role players, dancers who are willing to do a brilliant job in the corps when there are a series of injuries, even when they've been promoted to a higher rank or have been featured, and having corps experience is critical to being useful for the vast majority of dancers.  

 

There are rare exceptions, like Darci Kistler, who in the "Six Ballerinas" documentary, described herself as being a pretty bad corps dancer and going home in tears.  She was soon pulled out of the corps and anointed for solo roles exclusively, by Balanchine and Martins, but she was a needle in a haystack and was "finished" at SAB.

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This is something I've been wondering about too. Both Miko and Juliet are lovely talented dancers with excellent technique, but they seem to be more into solos and galas and promoting themselves online than securing a career in a prestigious theather. I wonder what they plan to do in the long run.

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Balletfreak. . It appears that what both appear to want to do is be the center of attention, whether that be in a pre professional co or on Instagram. 

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She's making a different choice, but she didn't invent that choice:  there have long been dancers who do galas and guest.  And she's hardly to first dancer to have a prominent presence on social media.  And I don't think wanting to be the center of attention on stage is all that uncommon among dancers.  You don't dance Odette or Aurora from the back of the corps.

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It's also possible that selling off her tutus and some occasional guesting are part of transitioning.  Perhaps she will seek an entirely new path that does not include ballet?

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