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  1. This is encouraging news!
  2. I've seen her as Odette-Odile, so I understand what you mean, PeggyR. It is curious how she can deliver a devastatingly emotional portrayal in The Little Mermaid and RAkU but then is cold in other works. I was disappointed in her Giselle; though it was danced beautifully from a technical standpoint, there was nothing human projected. I still want to see her Odette again because of her purity. From the digital performances this season, I am eager to see Sasha Mukhamedov dance next year, as she has a lush way of moving and a charming personality, and is very musical. Hopefully, she will recover fully for what we want to a full season for the company next year. I watched the program 5 earlier this evening and was delighted to see Domitro, Nedvegin, and Zajorian in Seven for Eight.
  3. Wow, this is great! And Taras Domitro as well!
  4. Add Ricardo Bustamante to the list. He is a brilliant coach and ballet master, has staged ballets around the globe, and been director of two ballet companies.
  5. Jasmine Jimison danced several solos in The Sleeping Beauty two seasons ago when she was an apprentice, including Princess Florine in the Bluebird pdd, and was outstanding, and was promoted into the company shortly after that. She was so beautiful and authoritative in those solos that I would not have blinked had she been promoted to soloist upon joining the company ranks. She was later cast in one of the principal/solo roles in Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird, which was ultimately withdrawn from the repertoire. I am glad that Helgi moved her up so she can benefit from his casting during his last season as director.
  6. The announcement has very loving and appreciative assessments of the dancers who are departing.
  7. I thought she was beautiful as Perdita in Christopher Wheeldon's Winter's Tale. I also met her when she was still a soloist at a reception when NB0C brought Wheeldon's Alice to L.A. My mother was with me and Elena was incredibly kind to my mother.
  8. 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.
  9. Apropos of MCB, Elena Lobsanova and Hannah Fischer of the National Ballet of Canada are joining MCB as principal and soloist, respectively.
  10. 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, and maybe that is "leadership skills," i.e., being dedicated, seriously single-minded and focused, and I can think of a lot of soloists who were/are not single-minded and focused. I do know that if a dancer is yawning, rolling his/her eyes, checking the the clock or looking out the window during rehearsals, management will notice it and not like it, but I have no idea if anyone at ABT does that, not being personally on the scene.
  11. volcanohunter, thank you for the wonderful homage to her. Rest in peace, Zizi Jeanmaire.
  12. The day I see this in a stage performance is the day I stop going to the ballet.
  13. 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.
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