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    former student, avid fan, once fantasized about being a critic
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  1. I could see where Morris might have meant that Balanchine was the first to come to mind when considering ballets made to existing instrumental music, given the enormity and longevity of Balanchine's output. I'd like to assume that Morris knows his stuff and that some error occurred in between the editor and proofreader and printer.
  2. Well, Les Sylphides dates to 1909 and The Dying Swan dates to 1905 (neither written as dance music) and Balanchine was born in 1904. Unless Balanchine was choreographing in utero, Morris and the fact checker (if there was one) didn't do their research.
  3. And let's raise a glass to Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.
  4. It seems that the Times is shifting it's coverage of dance to a post season roundup where neither the dancers or the productions are discussed in depth. I still check the the Times website daily, but the hope and anticipation of seeing a timely in-depth review has just about vanished.
  5. I have vague memories of seeing a Dance Magazine photo spread with McBride in the Siren costume, but from this distance, maybe 50 years, it feels like I must be imagining it.
  6. From Morgan's YouTube vlog.
  7. I've caught my first Christopher Lee Dracula movie while channel surfing last week. My heart still belongs to Frank Langella and Bela Lugosi. A tiny little corner goes to an English production starring Louis Jourdan than was shown on PBS a gazillion years ago.
  8. There is also Terrence Blanchard's 2013 Champion based on the life boxer Emile Griffith. Here's the Wikipedia entry.
  9. The discount gods have come through. This one is for $45 on Tues. Wed. and Thur. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $45.00 for select orchestra seats for the performances of Mariinsky Ballet on Tuesday, Oct. 8, Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are regularly priced up to $99.00. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "369356." Mariinsky Ballet-Paquita TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER “369356” (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524
  10. The roles were created on McBride and her husband, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux (not sure of the spelling).
  11. I'm really surprised that Ronald Regan's son Ron, a member of the Joffrey Ballet when his father was elected, hasn't had anything to contribute to the public conversation.
  12. I watched the GMA clip yesterday, knowing the outcome in advance. After the ballet comment the segment was unsalvageable. She could have made a joke about parents overscheduling their overachiever little darlings.
  13. Hopefully she'll learn how to be a team player.
  14. Maybe it's time to revive this thread: The Sesame Street Thread.
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