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Reviews of the National Ballet of Cuba.

The Washington Post

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For more than a decade, she has been one of the company’s eminences. As a guest artist with the Washington Ballet in 2009, and during the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s 2011 appearance here, she gave dazzling performances as Kitri, the village beauty and star of the ballet. Perhaps she’s suffering tour fatigue, or injury. Judging from her rather underpowered jumps and less-than-sparkling footwork, she could have been experiencing tightness or tenderness in her legs. 

DC Theatre Scene

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Dani Hernandez, as Basilio, had a genial charisma equal to his fabulous technique in his carefully paced rotations and elegantly vectored aerial work. Ariel Martinez and his fellow bullfighters were ablaze, Martinez’s wildly arching spine apparently made of pipe cleaner. His partner, Ginett Moncho, as Mercedes, was sensuously dazzling, and Claudia Garcia and Chanell Cabrera were a stately and refined Queen of the Dryads and Love, respectively.

 

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Lauren Anderson is one of the instructors at Tallahassee Ballet's summer intensive.

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The Tallahassee Ballet presents the Turning Pointe Summer Intensive Workshop June 4-15, 2018. This workshop is designed to provide in-depth professional training opportunities for the experienced dancer. 

 

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Preview in brief of Oakland Ballet's new program.

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Oakland Ballet is refreshing the concept of the story ballet with “Scene & Heard,” a spring program featuring five world-premiere narrative dances created by five inventive local choreographers. The program runs Thursday-Saturday, May 31-June 2, at Laney College in Oakland.

 

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A review of the San Francisco Ballet Student Showcase by Rita Felciano for danceviewtimes.

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Helgi Tomasson reprised his 2006 “Blue Rose,” to a series of short piano/violin pieces by Elena Kats-Cherin. Set on three couples, used in solos, duets, small ensembles and a finale octet, “Blue” is a light hearted charmer with ballroom-and folk elements woven into each other. I saw a waltz, a tango, rags, and, I am pretty sure, a jig. It’s the kind of piece that Tomasson does well: finely detailed ballet steps, spiced with borrowed ones from other practices. As danced by six trainees: Jasmine Jimison, Rackow, Maya Wheeler, Cuadrado, Joshua Jack Price and Jacob Seltzer, "Blue Rose" showed no signs of wilting.

 

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A review of New York City Ballet by Barnett Serchuk for Broadway World.

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The evening concluded with Jerome Robbins' Glass Pieces, well danced by Teresa Reichlen and Ask la Cour, and Balanchine's Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, danced by the incredibly speedy dynamo Ashley Bouder, and by Zachary Catazaro, who needs more coaching, as he was no match for his ebullient partner.

 

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A list of celebrity good-luck charms includes one for Suzanne Farrell.

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Suzanne Farrell, famed ballerina and artistic director of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center, used to get a little dose of luck on the road courtesy of a papier-mâché cat with a missing ear..........

 

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Carlos Acosta takes his new troupe on the road.

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Acosta will dance in the final piece called Mermaid, a duet with dancer Marta Ortega. The newly-commissioned dance is from Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a Sadler’s Wells associate artist who is renowned for his cross-cultural collaborations and who choreographed the 2017 Grammys performance by Beyoncé.

 

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