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Doris R

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  • Birthday 02/25/1950

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    parent of dancer
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    Maryland, USA
  1. Okay, I was there this weekend, on Halloween night and again Saturday afternoon. Honestly, I was prepared to not enjoy it, but in fact I did. Perhaps not the best choreographically, but it was FUN! The house really got into it, not just on Halloween night with several Draculas and other creatures in the seats, but again during the matinee with many senior citizen subscribers present. There was a woman seated in front of us who brought her five-year-old son Saturday. He was completely mesmerized with the show. She commented during intermission that she was pleased with how well he was
  2. Ah...Socalgal, I appreciate what you're saying about having your BDD come "home", I know I was thrilled when mine came back East. But LA's gain would certainly be Philly's loss.
  3. I know I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon -- but I haven't been on line much lately. We went to the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee shows. Saturday we were in the orchestra. This was my first time seeing Concerto Barocco. It was a dream. The principals were lovely and the corps was so beautiful and precise. (Of course the Bach didn't hurt either.) Sunday from the second balcony was great too, I love being able to watch the patterns from above. Amy Aldreidge, Arantxa Ochoa and Meredith Rainey were a delight on Sunday. Four T's has never been a favorite of mine -- I think i
  4. It may not be available any longer, but my daughter first fell in love with ballet by watching Baryshnikov's Nutcracker with Gelsey Kirkland.
  5. I was talking to a freind the other evening who first told me this. My initial response (having a tall dancing daughter) on hearing she was "fired for being to heavy" at 110 pounds 5'7" was that something must have been lost in the translation! Then this morning -- in between hurricane blurbs -- there it was again on the TODAY SHOW!!! They were making light of the whole thing, but the story was this 109 pound Bolshoi dancer was fired for being too heavy, and the dancers couldn't lift her. This is NOT something I want our young dancers to hear and take to heart. I can see starving adole
  6. Socalgal -- Yes, I'll definitely be there. One of the advantages to living within a couple hours of Philadelphia is not having to miss any of the programs. Maybe we can meet for coffee sometime when you're here. Why don't you send me an email and we'll "talk."
  7. Yes, isn't it great? I love it when she gets her foot on the barre and can't get it back down -- now that I can relate to!
  8. Well fortunately, so far both my husband and I have been fastidious in making sure our cell phones are turned OFF before entering the theater. If you do it before you sit down -- its done! BUT... several months ago my daughter had finished dancing for the evening and was changed and watching in the wings while waiting for her husband to finish. She didn't bother to turn off her phone -- who would call her? Most of her friends and of course her husband were in the theater...except Mom. I wondered why when I called it rang about two times and was picked up and quickly extinguished. She
  9. Thanks for sharing this Leigh. And yes, I see both men and women. Unfortunately with my budget this will be the only place I see them. I also enjoyed looking at the Maggie Parker site. Thank you Grace.
  10. Oh well...I guess I should add my Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto to the list, and hubby's Toredor Song. At least when they go off in the mall noone else thinks it theirs!
  11. I was just wondering what people have been doing this summer other than sitting in front of their computers posting to Ballettalk. I've been gone for nearly five weeks and I got back to find an entirely new look to my favorite board! I feel I've missed so much... it's going to take me days to catch up on all the posting that's been done since the end of June. We got back from our adventure up the Alaska Highway and back yesterday. We were gone 33 days, and although it was a fantastic trip, I am so glad to be home. Last night in my own shower and my own bed was heaven. I may never leave h
  12. The season as a whole was delightful! Some programs more than others, and some ballets within the program more than others. The Valentine Weekend program of "Le Travail" and "Carmina Burana" was probably the one I most enjoyed -- despite nearly getting snowed in. One program that socialgal didn't mention was "Company B" which I had never seen before and thoroughly enjoyed. (Perhaps she wasn't able to make it back for that show.) I always enjoy watching the dancers -- they really seem to enjoy their work and communicate that to the audience. Arantxa Ochoa is absolutely incredible regard
  13. Valerie and Eddie did have a baby boy. All are doing well by my last report, and I've been told the baby is beautiful! (of course.)
  14. I really enjoyed Concerto 488. It was light and fun and lovely, and music was beautiful. Firebird was an extravagant entertainment experience! I saw Arantxa as the Firebird both performances, and she always is a joy and pleasure to watch. The climax was something more out of a Vegas show than a ballet, and Hawley Rowe's costume as the priestess reminded me of Bob Macke Barbie! My brother-in-law doesn't enjoy "tutu and tiara" ballets and he really liked it. He said it was "G" rated until the Snake took the stage. But it was fun -- the audience seemed to love it, and they left the theate
  15. A couple little things come to mind on this subject. The first was when my daughter was having her "audition class" at WSB at age 11. She was told that Miss Day would not be teaching the class that day, they had a guest teacher -- Martine VanHamel, [who at that time was still dancing with ABT.] My daughter just blinked and got teary, the realization that this was the "real thing" was a quite a shock. The other was several years ago when she was dancing with Miss Farrell. We were out and when we got home there was a message on my answering machine. It was Suzanne Farrell leaving a message
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