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  1. I saw the Saturday night program in Broward. I saw the program in Miami in January and I actaully enjoyed it more the second time around. I appreciated Mercuic Tidings and Nine Sinatra Songs. Symphony in Three Movements was as good as the last time. There was a last minute casting switch for the first couple. It was supposed to be Natalie Araja. I still enjoyed the ballet immensely and I understand the hype. The only issue I have still was the progrmaming. I enjoy each ballet, but all three together did not make me feel like I went to the ballet. I will be at program three next week. Shoul
  2. I enjoyed Symphony in Three Movements. Compared to the clips it looked better this year. I have never seen it peformed by NYCB. Is is signifigantly better? I didn't dislike any ballet I saw on Saturday, just the programming. For the short time I have been in Miami, I think the company may actually benefit from doing some more classical works for ticket sales. People in Miami unfortunately are not as cultured as other places. Their idea of going to the ballet is Nutcracker, Swan Lake and pretty much ends there. Personally, I would be content with mostly Balanchine programming. Amongst my co-w
  3. I saw the Saturday 8pm peformance. There was a fair amount of attendance, but no where near full. Is this normal for Miami? I enjoyed Symphony in Three Movements enormously. Mercuric Tidings was fine and I actually enjoyed Nine Sinatra Songs more than I thought I would. The company an orchestra were all on point, but the programming was confusing to me. I am not sure if this is some pointe shoe-saving strategy, but I dislike that there were two non-ballet ballet pieces. Between Symphony being so modern, Mercuric tidings barefoot, and Sinatra being not realted to ballet at all, I did not feel
  4. There is no excuse for racism and I am sorry she has to endure this. I have watched a few of her clips on youtube just now, but my eye is not trained enough to really critique her technique. I do sense a lack of turnout, which may also be an issue for her. I think the article is painting a picture of a brilliant dancer being overlooked solely due to her race. I don't doubt she is experiencing racism but I am not sure if there are technique issues going on as well.
  5. Let's not forget the first American that trained at the Bolshoi in 1989, Michael Shannon: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20121005,00.html http://articles.latimes.com/1989-11-18/entertainment/ca-1313_1_bolshoi-ballet One of the interesting things he states in the People article is: "But onstage he tries not to stand out among his Soviet colleagues. "My life goal is to dance like them," he says. "The greatest compliment of my life was when an impresario saw the company dance and couldn't tell who the American was."" I am not sure how this happened in 1989 considering the political
  6. I wondered the same thing. The only thing a google search shows up is on her springform site; she states that she got the red diploma and goes on to state that Nastia Limenko also received a red diploma. She also states that Nastia Limenko went to the Stanislavsky. The Academy's Facebook page doesn't seem to list the graduates or honors for them but there are several entries from a Womack- dad? with photos and videos of her performing what looks like the lead in the school's performance of Paquita. Perhaps someone who understands Russian or has access to the school announcements from JW's grad
  7. That's no problem, Helen. There is quite a lot going on at the Bolshoi. Is it common for teenagers to marry in Russia? I understand Joy needed a visa, but Smirnova is obviously a Russian citizen. Here is the latest interview with Joy: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-bolshoi-ballet-bribe-joy-womack-20131120,0,7437189.story She seems to clear up some things. It has become apparent to me that the adults around her were leading her on. Some were trying to be nice (letting her dance on her birthday) but they could not shield her from the harsh realities of the theater
  8. And a documentary all about your love doesn't hurt: http://searchingperfection.com/ I hope for the boy's sake he was in on the ruse She's blown her cover now, but maybe it doesn't matter as much under Russian law (US law has no statute of limitations for prosecution of immigration fraud, let's hope this is not the case over there). This whole situation is puzzling. I had no idea it was the son of FIlin's assistant. So does this mean she is aligned with him? I thought was was on the Tsikaridze side. I can't keep up with this.
  9. And while we are speaking of ethics, she admitted to entering into a sham marriage. Not as bad as demanding sexual favors or bribes, but it seems like she was willing to take extreme steps. As a side note, under US law entering into a sham marriage to obtain legal status is considered immigration fraud and is a federal crime. I don't know anything about Russian immigration law, but I am concerned that she is advertising the fact that she entered into an marriage for the sole purpose of obtaining legal status.
  10. Gosh, does any first year in a big firm do anything other than review documents in a conference room or sit in a library doing research? Who on earth would expect to let a first year, untrained and billing at the lowest rate, conduct a trial? I can't even imagine wanting to do such a thing. All of the dancers in that company bust their butts day after day, year after year. The reality is the vast majority of dancers will spend their entire career in the corps. Dancers that were all likely the star of their own graduation performance. That goes for every single company in the world, big or s
  11. I wouldn't say it was greed, but it was unrealistic to think any dancer would get lots of solos and prominent roles at 19. Yes, there are exceptions, but most girls her age in any company in the world are in the corps. I don't blame her for what happened, in fact I believe the school and the adults in her life led her to believe something that may not have been true. If they didn't see potential then it was their duty to have a serious talk with her about it, not let her enter into this toxic environment. She may have not know what was up at the theater, but her teachers and the people who l
  12. I am thinking this is more how the conversation went down. She inquired and they said she probably would not get roles without paying, given her inexperience. I do not think this rule applies to primas, but to those who just want buy a role even if they are not ready. I am confused as to why at 19 she would think she would get solos. Absent a few prodigies like Smirnova and Vishneva, very few dancers start out with solos in their teens in ANY company, let alone a great one with 200+ dancers. Perhaps the comment was just the straw that broke the camel's back and her leaving was a long time com
  13. I recently read the biography of Monica Loughman, the first westerner admitted into the Perm State Ballet back in the 90's. While she had a lot of difficulty with the theater and some pay issues, she was given a lot of roles to dance and was not asked for sponsors. However, this may be because the theaters were enjoying more state support back then. I always find it odd that there is so much resistance to Womack, but Loughman was given a lot of corps work, taken on all the tours despite visa issues, and even eventually given solos. I am not sure if this was because she was from Ireland and no
  14. Here is an interesting interview Sara Means gave. She stated she had struggled with weight before, however, I feel that dancers with her body type are often unfairly stereotyped as being overweight. It am always amazed that any professional dancer could be described as overweight. I was also surprised to read that she was almost let go after her first year at NYCB; allegedly it was due to her weight. But she persevered and didn't let naysayers get her down. Hopefully she will not be deterred by criticisms like these. http://balletshoesandbobbypins.com/interview-with-new-york-city-ballet-prin
  15. It's about time there were some promotions! I'm surprised Peck was not promoted sooner given his choreographic talents. I am relieved that the Pazcoguin was not prejudiced due to being named in the Bushnell complaint.
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