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  1. It reminded me of the skit Darcey Bussell did with French and Saunders.
  2. On one of my grandmother's soap operas, way back when, one of the "bad girl" characters was named Raven.
  3. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=video&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCkQtwIwA2oVChMIz-fPhLXKxwIVzRGSCh1NigYo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fi-want-to-be-a-ballet-dancer%2F&ei=8pzfVc-mIc2jyATNlJrAAg&usg=AFQjCNF9BJ5JayTMjlsIrvgXhIBUyyy1XQ&sig2=hiBn7ToWE1GrjL_vqyIvOA I finally got around to watching the segment on Misty Copeland and found this little gem on the 60 Minutes Overtime setion of the website. Here's the catalog entry from the NYPL: News report on American Ballet Theatre School, New York, focusing on the school's auditions for admission and scholarships. The school's director, Leon Danielian, discusses the criteria for selection, the low success rate for aspiring dancers, and the difficulty of ballet as a profession. He and balletmistress Patricia Wilde are seen working with students in the classroom. A student's perspective is provided bysixteen-year-old Jane Hickey.
  4. The Joffrey Nutcracker will be at the Kennedy Center over Thanksgiving weekend this year. Wed. 11/25 at 7:00 and Friday-Sunday at 1:00 and 7:00. Remember, DC empties out for Thanksgiving. I guess this is the last chance to see it on tour.
  5. I'm actually a fan of Moreno's. It's just the wish that someone who is primarily known for their involvement in dance, say Ann Reinking, cold have gotten the nod.
  6. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/george-lucas-carole-king-rita-moreno-selected-for-kennedy-center-honors/2015/07/15/24f527ac-2a60-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html No dancers again this time. :-(
  7. van Hamel has been very involved as a founder and faculty member at Kaatsban International Dance Center. http://www.kaatsbaan.org
  8. I won't be in NY for this season, but here are my thoughts: I've been craving the chance to see Monotones live for years. It's been waaaaaay too long. The Mariinsky toured with Spectre just a few years ago. I saw it a couple of times and I have no desire to see it again in the near future. I want to see something that features more dancers. If ABT has to dance Balanchine, I wish they would do pieces that are not concurrently danced by NYCB, except for T&V. (Coals to Newcastle, local audiences have no incentive to see something they just saw or will shortly see.) It's not the quality at ABT that I object to for their Balanchine choices, it's the lack of exclusivity in what they dance. I'd rather see them do a rarity than another Allegro Brilliant or Tchai. PDD.
  9. Christopher d'Amboise in Song and Dance. Stephen Hanna in Billy Elliot.
  10. Another wish: Petrushka with Simkin as the title character and Lane as the ballerina.
  11. ITA. Tamm leaving was the absolute low point of the season for me. I am still in mourning.
  12. My impression of ABT marketing over the last several years is that it's aimed at potential donors rather than ticket buyers, with no recognition that marketing is not just development. Language alert: I've seen some institutions have started using "organizational advancement" instead of developent, witch replaced the perfectly accurate but obvious findraising.
  13. lmspear

    2015 US Tour

    If the box office won't cooperate, check with the House Manager, in a very polite innocent manner, if anything can be done to accommodate you. I tried to copy your emoticon, but I couldn't.
  14. Never mind the shoes looking different. Today's dancers would probably have to wear some padding to approximate the look of the original SB cast, if the production was really trying to offer an experience as close as possible to what Petipa created. ;-)
  15. Supportive coaching for all levels of the company.
  16. I hadn't gone to the hotel website. Now we know she was an active participant.
  17. For all we know the hotel is using her name without permission or knowledge. A stage door meeting implies that no contact was necessary and the signed copies of the book could have been picked up at any of the book signings. There's no proof that Team Misty engineered this stunt.
  18. My first memory of a Met usher dealing with a seat poacher was for a Royal Ballet Swan Lake with Nureyev and either Merle Park or Antoinette Sibley. We were in the Orchestra on the aisle few rows ahead of the standing room section. A couple had slipped into the aisle seats right in front of the standing room area. The usher explained in a very stern tone that these were Mr. Hurok's seats and had to remain empty.
  19. lmspear

    2015 US Tour

    . It is the height of the tourist season from April through mid-July, including lots of school groups. You'll often see people who have been visiting museums or other attractions at the opera house in shorts and sneakers or (I assume they didn't have time to make it back to their hotel to freshen up.).
  20. lmspear

    2015 US Tour

    And those in town are probably still at the office.
  21. lmspear

    2015 US Tour

    Here's the URL for the Yahoo group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/kc-scotty/info I apologize for not sharing sooner. You can never be sure how "open" you can be about someone else's "open" secret. ;-)
  22. lmspear

    2015 US Tour

    There's an open Yahoo group called kc-scotty. It's run by one of the managers in the subscriptions deparment. Knowledge about it is spread by word of mouth. All you need to join is a Yahoo account. They never know when they'll have something available and the offers are usually made the day of or the day before via email. Very rarely they will offer comp tickets (usually for the symphony).
  23. lmspear

    2015 US Tour

    $35 orchestra ticket offer for Tues. 6/9 & Weds. 6/10. Good news! The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $35.00 for orchestra seating for the June 9th and June 10th performances of Royal Ballets Don Quixote. 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 "203667." See you at the Kennedy Center! http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/BPBSH?promotionNO=203667 Kevin O'Hare, Director U.S. PREMIERE! Don Quixote Production and Choreography by Carlos Acosta, after Marius Petipa Music by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by Martin Yates "Astonishingtheatrical vitality" --The New York Times "Enjoyable and exuberant fantastical folly!" --London Evening Standard PRINCIPAL CASTING (Kitri and Basilio) subject to change Marianela Nunez, Carlos Acosta Tue., June 9 & Fri., June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Sarah Lamb, Federico Bonelli Wed., June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  24. I've never seen such a negative review of the production's choreography.
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