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Josette

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    Former dancer, avid balletgoer
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  1. I saw her give a glorious performance of Theme and Variations towards the end of her career. She had a radiant and positive presence on stage.
  2. Apropos of MCB, Elena Lobsanova and Hannah Fischer of the National Ballet of Canada are joining MCB as principal and soloist, respectively.
  3. BalanchineFan, my heart goes out to the very talented and accomplished Gabe Stone Thayer and I can understand his frustration as to his not being promoted, added to his being injured at at time when he was moving forward with more solo opportunities. I saw him in the audience at a performance that he was attending a few years ago in NY, and told him I hoped that he would be promoted to soloist. You certainly could have some insight to McKenzie's curious choice of words and Thayer's expressed unhappiness. I think dancers in a dance company look to the principals' conduct as an example,
  4. volcanohunter, thank you for the wonderful homage to her. Rest in peace, Zizi Jeanmaire.
  5. The day I see this in a stage performance is the day I stop going to the ballet.
  6. I wish McKenzie would elaborate on what he means by "leadership skills." I've never heard that as a required element for promotion to soloist.
  7. I like that the season is extending into June and that Program 3 has three ballets that I am eager to see multiple times. I just checked the SF Opera website and they have cancelled their fall season and have three productions from April 25 to May 2. SFO usually performs in the fall up to Nutcracker and then puts on three operas in June.
  8. Alexander Cagnot no longer on the roster! I will miss him. I wonder if he will become a professional photographer, as I have seen many photos credited to him on social media by the dancers.
  9. I am particularly happy for both Diego Cruz and Myles Thatcher, as they have put in their time and are always a joy to watch. And I love Max and have been wanting to see him in principal roles all season long. I found Park dull this season, both in her phrasing and, particularly, facially, though she is unfazed technically. For me, she is too classroom at this stage of her career, and I wonder what is on next season's horizon that she was promoted. It's an interesting decision, given Mukhamedov's former position as principal with the Dutch National, although Mukhamedov was injured
  10. pherank, Aaron Robison will likely be back for next season and he's tall. Maybe SFB is still in the negotiating stage for a tall male principal. We shall see.
  11. I just got an email from SFB and it's also posted on the SFB FB page about the promotions and new dancers. Promoted to principal dancer: Max Cauthorn Wona Park Promoted to soloist: Ellen Rose Hummell Diego Cruz (a special yippee for Diego) Myles Thatcher Lucas Erni New dancers: Nikisha Fogo joins as principal; she was formerly with the Vienna State Opera Ballet Luca Ferro, SunMin Lee, Alexis Aiudi, Olivia Brothers, Pemberly Ann Olsen, Andris Kundzins, Gregory Myles, and ALexis Valdes join the corps de ballet
  12. I am watching it now a second time and I pretty much agree with what you say, Phrenshphry11! Mukhamedov is required to do some double sauts de basque, which are the tours you refer to, and she hops after landing, though I would like to see on video how others have managed such a difficult step. Double sauts de basque are rarely done by women, not even in class. I don't understand why Froustey was not cast as Titania (and I said the same thing about the casting for Cinderella). For me the highlight/revelation was Frances Chung. I was floored by her dancing and soulful presen
  13. I also did not get an email allowing the choice of a donation/receiving credit for Program 6, as I have for four of the other programs.
  14. It's not surprising but very sad. I feel fortunate to have seen three performances before all this happened.
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