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  1. Actually, they did add the COVID stuff. Still digesting. I did get a PCR test last week (neg), but it looks like I may need another one.
  2. Still no roster, but it looks like they will be gearing up for a Nutcracker, in person, and with the traditional meeting of Clara and the rest of the characters afterwards. Nothing whatsoever on COVID protocols, yet, though. Very curious how that will be handled, as the post-show meeting area at the Civic gets pretty crammed. https://www.goldenstateballet.org/nutcracker
  3. I'm mixed on the masked dancing issue. Some companies have made or bought masks that actually look quite striking with the costumes---Clara, swans, etc---but I have seen instances where the masks partially or completely fall off, which is distracting for the viewer (well, me, anyway) and potentially dangerous to be trying to dodge as you dance.
  4. Raul Salamanca is the AD (final AD of CBC), and Magda O'Neill continues as Executive Director. Not sure the venue, but it looks like it's back at the Civic. I hope this goes well. https://www.goldenstateballet.org/company
  5. I'll make a new thread now. Next chapter ahead, it looks like.
  6. Nothing official, but last I checked, a few days ago, the company blanked their website, save for an email I wasn't familiar with. Also, a couple dancers of Cal Bal that I follow on Instagram were posting about a new company or project, which involves some (now former) California Ballet dancers. Ballet Collective SD •pandemic relief dance project program •for professionals and trainees in SD •Chapter V: Angels Among Us out now! (off of their Instagram )
  7. I had been a fairly frequent patron of California Ballet Company here in San Diego. It's one of the bigger companies here in town, at the Civic Center downtown. But I know that the current artistic director, Raul Salamanca, is, I think, the second in four years. The previous one was around for a very short time. I don't know much about either. They haven't updated their IG since, I think, March, and they blanked out their website. I do worry that that company might be going under. Shame, since all my ballet going memories have been with them. I noticed a lot of companies doing their work online rather than in person, and considering our panddemic situation, it's an enjoyable alternative to in person ballet, but CBC never did this. Not sure if other local companies were better in this respect . ETA: I did actually see SD Civic Youth Ballet's Nutcracker, and that was very good. But we need more in this town.
  8. Or not. Anybody familiar with the scene there? Their Instagram was posted to last back in Mid-March with a dancer profile for Sona Jaeger. And their website seems like it hasn't changed at all since---well, maybe since the OP of this thread. I don't think they even attempted more than one online alternative show, and I think that was to replace the last Beer and Ballet which was so long ago now. Chime in, locals, if you follow this company or its staff.
  9. https://www.instagram.com/p/CKkrvZ-hOFm/ No word on what's next. "Stepping down from the stage". Best of luck.
  10. I haven't even looked for anything bigger, because I was under the impression that they all were being cancelled (the main ballet I attend here in San Diego did, as with a few others close by). From this thread, it seems that's not true at all. But thus far (both last night! lol), I have seen two 2020 Nutcracker productions. Both are by smaller companies (River City Ballet, in Louisville [?]) and Highlands Ranch Community Association, in suburban Denver. Production's a tad bit rough, but I was in a Nutcracker mood, so I went for it. They were both free, and worth my time. Good to support the ballet, wherever and however it may exist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LVWhgON8oU&t=19s <---This is River City Ballet. YouTube will not allow embedding.
  11. I went to the Indy 500 in 1989 (have family and family friends in the Midwest). Completely unaware of the schedule changes this year and missed half of it. Maddening (though it had to happen). I'm kind of looking forward to the Nutcracker all year. I'll image search and go onto YouTube any time of year. But there is indeed a "warmth" to seeing it in December (falling on or at least straddling my birthday, anyhow).
  12. I decided to start a new thread, since '19 seems so long ago. Also, just today on IG, there was a statement that Magda O'Neill is the new Executive Director and Raul Salamanca is the new Artistic Director, replacing Jared Nelson. More news forthcoming.
  13. So Tokyo is pushed back to '21 for now. Will it even go off at that point? I've kind of lost track of how gymnastics (WAG) is being qualified for. Surely things have changed?
  14. California Ballet Company has a relief fund (scroll down a tiny bit): https://www.californiaballet.org/support
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