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On 4/10/2017 at 2:34 PM, Josette said:

Speaking of Angelo Greco, I saw him in the last movement of Tomasson's Trio over the weekend, and he was unreservedly wonderful in presence, full-out dancing and then some - stopping on a dime but unrushed, precise, exciting, musical - and outshining his technically strong but dull partner. Greco can dance up a storm beyond the multiple pirouettes and high-flying jumps. 

 

I agree on all that you said here, Josette! Greco is now my next-best-thing-to-Davit Karapetyan dancer. I hope he enjoys a long, injury-free career with the SFB.

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14 hours ago, pherank said:

 

The Future:

 

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Wow. Just... wow. (Am seeing her as a future YY for the company.)

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On 2017-04-24 at 0:42 AM, pherank said:

 

The Future:

 

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Yes yes yes indeed! 

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Thanks for posting this, pherank.

 

It's so odd to think of not seeing him, Vanessa, and Lorena on stage at the SF Opera House any more.  Davit came back to a full-length Swan Lake after nine months off due to injury and danced two performances of Diamonds earlier in the season. 

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Kochetkova rehearsing, and Dores André and Luke Ingham doing who knows what. I hope that's not the latest Arthur Pita ballet.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWY3LKZh8X4/?taken-by=balletrusse

 

Short video of Froustey rehearsing hops on pointe for Giselle, and then performing the same hops on stage in Moscow. She was fortunate to have Felipe Diaz along to coach.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWc_j_CnKqp/?taken-by=lapetitefrench_

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Short SFB video of Dores Andre

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWdjvKFlj3N/?taken-by=sfballet

 

Ballerina @doresadre shared her immigration story and how ballet has shaped her life. "Ballet is a way of expressing yourself with emotion and motion." See and read more on @britandco's website.

The Stories of Five Creative Immigrant Women

http://www.brit.co/from-the-outside-in/dores-andre-the-spanish-ballerina-pirouetting-her-way-to-stardom/?utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=immigrant-women

 

"With gorgeous dark features and a razor-sharp wit, principal dancer Dores André is a study in contrast. She has the charm and grace of Audrey Hepburn but swears like a sailor. Initially, she gives off the air of a laid-back Spaniard. But when it comes to her dancing career, Dores brings forth a palpable resolve. It’s a trait fired in her upbringing spent in the cutthroat world of ballet, where an inkling of doubt could mean the downfall of a budding career."

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Dores Andre posted this "part 1" video that comes before the one above, and she identifies the "women" as being Myles Thatcher, Lonnie Weeks and Diego Cruz. And it's Emma Rubinowitz, Jahna Frantziskonis and Dores as the "men".

 

"Lollipop" by The Chordettes (or it may be someone else's version)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXJ-XB1BIHZ/?taken-by=doresandre

"Nitty Gritty" by Shirley Ellis

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXJ_mPVBA7f/?taken-by=doresandre

 

The problem is, I want to see the entire music video! Not 5 seconds worth. But Emma posted the following: "Happy national dance day. Aspiring to dance like this always. Full video coming soon...I mean never "

 

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Frances Chung video that accompanied a short Dance Magazine article:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYMuAU6lUq9/?taken-by=franadian

 

http://www.dancemagazine.com/frances-chung-why-i-dance-2476206925.html

"Perhaps the toughest part about being a ballet dancer is finding your own identity within the art form. As beautiful and as blissful as it is to dance, I have seen ballet swallow up dancers and spit them back out. It can be ruthless.

And the pain can be both physical and psychological: the disappointment of not being cast in a ballet, getting a terrible review after pouring out your heart and soul onstage, or succumbing to an injury. "

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Maria Kochetkova and frequent gala partner Sebastian Kloborg dancing in Positano, Italy:
"I'm so honored to receive Ballerina of the Year award: the Positano Premia la Danza de Leonide Massine Prize the oldest dance award in the world."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BY0u8dkHRZG/?taken-by=balletrusse

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BY4Egdwn1Pn/?taken-by=skloborg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZKeToYHxN8/?taken-by=balletrusse

 

Is there a busier dancer in all of ballet? What other dancer manages to perform at a high level with so little off time?

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24 minutes ago, pherank said:

Maria Kochetkova and frequent gala partner Sebastian Kloborg dancing in Positano, Italy:
"I'm so honored to receive Ballerina of the Year award: the Positano Premia la Danza de Leonide Massine Prize the oldest dance award in the world."

https://www.instagram.com/p/BY0u8dkHRZG/?taken-by=balletrusse

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BY4Egdwn1Pn/?taken-by=skloborg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZKeToYHxN8/?taken-by=balletrusse

 

Is there a busier dancer in all of ballet? What other dancer manages to perform at a high level with so little off time?

Kochetkova is doing a lot and always has, but truthfully dancers seem all over the place right now. I am mightily impressed with the projects Sara Mearns is involved with. Bouder and Ulbricht have their own groups. Tiler Peck curated and appeared in a CA festival before going to Vale to perform in numerous works. Sarah Lane, Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside and others are appearing more and more and putting their own stamp on things. All of this during time off from their home companies. Dancers today are very enterprising. I wouldn't try to guess who is busier or working at the highest level, but a lot of dancers are finding their way outside of their home companies.

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4 hours ago, vipa said:

 

Kochetkova is doing a lot and always has, but truthfully dancers seem all over the place right now. I am mightily impressed with the projects Sara Mearns is involved with. Bouder and Ulbricht have their own groups. Tiler Peck curated and appeared in a CA festival before going to Vale to perform in numerous works. Sarah Lane, Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside and others are appearing more and more and putting their own stamp on things. All of this during time off from their home companies. Dancers today are very enterprising. I wouldn't try to guess who is busier or working at the highest level, but a lot of dancers are finding their way outside of their home companies.

 

For better or worse, ballet principals are learning to follow every opportunity during the relatively short window of time they are "stars", and most viable as a media personalities. Ballet has become a bit more like film and television in that regard. Of course there's always the potential for a media career following dance, but that kind of personality is awfully rare (Baryshnikov probably being the real standout).

I mention Kochetkova's schedule only because it is so extreme - she allows herself very little time to rest and recuperate. She doesn't seem to believe in it. Every week involves rehearsals and performances, and special coaching periods with people like Marat Daukayev - as soon as rehearsals are over for the week she is on a plane to the East Coast/Europe/Asia/Mexico etc. to participate in some special event. And unlike everyone else who takes the opportunity to see the sights, she rarely spends more than a day of sightseeing. She appears to live on jet planes. Her 'family' would seem to be the dancers she performs with. There aren't many people that could live that way - most people pine for their family/home life.

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Not sure if all of this travel is good for 1) company style 2) the ballets themselves that the dancers are supposed to serve. Dancing with so many different partners, do dancers develop a generic style? Do they pick up mannerisms and bad habits trying to quickly fit into a program or another company? Do they still care about being in a new Ratmansky or Peck work or a revival of Dances at a Gathering – or just accumulating quirky instagram juxtapositions.

 

Frances Chung, who doesn't seem to travel from home base that much, says, "I continue to dance because of the community I am in" (which I take as being the immediate community).

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Invited dancers spend time in Vail: for the most part, they don't pop in and then jet out.  One of the recurring themes of interviews is how refreshing it is to be there and how Woetzel grows them as dancers.   A common narrative is that in the first season, they do things that are more comfortable for them, and as the years go by, he stretches them by having them collaborate with choreographers and fellow dancers in different styles, working with different partners, working in rep that they wouldn't necessarily get to do in their home companies, but with time and being mentored.  

 

Different situations and circumstances are different, as are different dancers, some of whom, like Kochetkova, thrive on it and either sleep easily on planes or function at the highest level on little sleep.

 

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1 hour ago, Helene said:

Invited dancers spend time in Vail: for the most part, they don't pop in and then jet out.  

 

 

Vail's altitude at 8,022 feet makes it difficult to pop in and out, too! http://www.vailgov.com/visiting/high-altitude-health-tips

I remember Instagrams from great dancers like Daniel Ulbricht reporting how hard it hit them. Even these athletes need a few days to adjust and dance in peak form.

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