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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
  15. Can't really add much that hasn't been said. I follow Betsy McBride, Zimmi Coker and others on IG, since I'm 2500 miles away from ABT. I'm a fan of the dancers. Of the theater. Of the city. But I'm limited in how I can see ballet on this level. So I've always been happy to watch ABT. But this was choppier than the post I'm making! I am missing the actual ballet (out here, that's California Ballet Company for me). Also, I know the companies to rely on varying levels on donations, but that part of this seemed almost like begging.
  16. I've always been a big gymnastics (WAG mainly) fan. Started out watching when Kim Zmeskal was herself a gymnast. Now that she coaches, I tend to root for her girls. But as of late, my attention got turned to the Larry Nassar scandal due partly to connections with that university. But with college season around the corner, I want to get watching that again. College meets are a lot of fun. Ragan is going off to Oklahoma, so I want to see her do well. Miss Val and Ohashi have also retired from UCLA, so there's that. And then Tokyo 2020 isn't too far away, so at that time, I'll be able to get back in the elite loop. As much as I like elite, I've always found qualifying and such (and really everything in the off-Olympic years) confusing.
  17. https://www.californiaballet.org/artists New headshots. Looks like Elizabeth Kenyon has moved on (married? anyone know?) to a dance teaching job in DFW (Frisco, TX). Lauren Anthony and Tylor Bradshaw are new this year. Didn't the company have more than two soloists? I dunno. The website change was so sudden. Nutcracker next!
  18. I know I titled this thread for the 18-19 season, but it occurs to me that no one else has limited company threads to a single year, so I'll just carry on here. Here's the link to info for the Nut and Beer and Ballet as well as the Rock + Blues Project. . https://www.californiaballet.org/season-2019-2020
  19. @Marta That I don't know. I'd be guessing corps. I know she has had a few injuries, IIUC.
  20. https://www.instagram.com/powi295/ Pauina Waski has arrived in Boston. Not sure when she starts.
  21. Good luck to Paulina Waski as she moves to Boston. I think her sister is out that way, so that'll be nice.
  22. Yeah, I'm pretty geeked about the next Nut. I actually skipped out on Cinderella. Never been to it, and wasn't sure if it was a bit overly family friendly (that is, likely dull for a single 43-year old, no kids). I've never found the Nut to be that way, but Christmas has its own traditions. I guess I just didn't care for the pics in the ads. But having read a review, it seemed well done (again, Cal Bal, but i need to try City).
  23. On their Instagram account, they talk of a "new Nutcracker in 2019". Anybody live around here and follow them? Curious about the specifics. Planning on going this year (hopefully. Medical issues have kept me from going to any of their productions since last year's Nut).
  24. Betsy McBride of ABT (formerly a star at Texas Ballet Theater) is somebody I'd love to see in real life. I love her social media. She seems very talented and happy where she is.
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