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  1. I understand and appreciate your requirement that Facebook pages are not to be used as a source of information on your website and will refrain from such citations in the future. Could you point me to serious opinions, supported by fact, stating that Stepanova does not have the potential of becoming a great dancer? I honestly am not aware of any, hence my statement that there is a general consensus on that point. There have been some discussions comparing her at this stage of her development to the mature Ulanova or Lopatkina or the other greats of the past but that doesn't seem fair, does it? And lastly, it is of course only my opinion that broadening the audience base for an art form is crucial to the survival of that art form, but perhaps that discussion belongs somewhere else.
  2. As perhaps should be clarified: that's a fan page...(and notes only that she is still on the roster). That is, whatever it says is not an announcement from the artist. (Even if she was/is leaving the company, it would be gracious for the Mariinsky to list her prize and not exactly inappropriate, and I'm glad they did. She did win as a Mariinsky artist.) It seems to me that there is a good number of "fanzine" style responses to videos of Yulia Stepanova of late. Having only seen videos of her dancing and in matching her performances with live performances those of the 60's,70's, 80's and even into the 90's, I would say that she needs more refinement in those very thin arms and she is not for me so far as I can see on film, some distance from becoming a complete ballerina. Ha ha. You are perhaps the only person in the universe to criticize Stepanova's arms! To your other point, she is young still and has not yet had the opportunities she needs to develop her potential. There is a remarkable consensus that she has the potential to become as extraordinary as those great ballerinas of the past, don't you agree? As to the "fanzine" comment, I think both her photogenic quality and Mariinsky's poor treatment of her have excited some interest among those who don't usually follow ballet. I don't see anything wrong with that.
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    Nadezhda Pavlova

    She's on the flip side of that equation now. I hope her pupils don't cause her that sort of grief. I didn't mean to leave the impression that Pavlova was deliberately giving anybody grief. I've found the piece I was referencing in the March 27, 1995 issue, when Pavlova was 38. Croce describes asking Bolshoi officials for permission to watch Pavlova rehearse, which they gave unwillingly. Croce writes that she wanted to ask Pavlova to dance for her: "Pavlova was sitting on a bench....staring in mute despair at the floor...'Would Nadezhda Vasilievna...' I began, but slowly, helplessly, Pavlova shook her head." The official described this as "naughty" behavior, but it's obvious that in fact Pavlova was experiencing difficulties and depression as her dancing career came to a close. Very sad. It's great to hear that she's coaching and I'm looking forward to seeing her on the Bolshoi video.
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    Nadezhda Pavlova

    If you have access to the archives of The New Yorker magazine you should look up an admiring review of Pavlova by Arlene Croce in the July 16, 1973 issue. Croce also compares Gordeyev favorably to Godunov. In a later article that I can't find right now, Croce while visiting the Bolshoi hears a coach bemoaning Pavlova's unwillingness to rehearse or take class.
  5. According to Stepanova's Facebook page, she is still at Mariinsky. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yulia-Stepanova/120746278067875?fref=nf The Mariinsky website now acknowledges her as a winner of the Taglioni prize. http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/news1/news2/1_232oct/
  6. Although we've mostly seen her in roles that show her old style technique, I think she may be more versatile. Case in point, that photo of her in Rubles on her Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yulia-Stepanova/120746278067875
  7. Response to my email: "Of course we know about Julia's win and we are glad that our ballet dancers become better from year to year and honored to have those great awards. But according to the fact that Julia have decided to leave Mariinsky ballet troupe in nearest future we can't print this information on our web-site. I hope Julia will have a lot of awards in future and you will stay an admirer of her talent! Have a nice day and best regards, Kate Ordovskaya Press-office of the Mariinsky theatre Tel: +7 812 714 4164 Fax: +7 812 314 17 44 http://www.mariinsky.ru mailto:ordovskaya@mariinsky.ru"
  8. What does anyone make of this: http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/news1/ ? Mariinsky website congratulates Xander Parish and conductor Pavel Bubelnikov for winning Taglioni awards,, but does not mention Yulia Stepanova at all. Could anyone be contesting her award? Not Mariinsky, surely! She still appears on the Mariinsky website, but she was to dance in Rubies and Humpbacked Horse in October and these two appearances have been deleted, leaving only her Queen of the Dryads and Sylvia. What is going on?? I've sent an email to press@mariinsky.ru requesting correction of the "error" in the press release.
  9. Yulia just won the Taglioni European ballet award. http://instagram.com/p/td10Zst4rD/
  10. Off topic perhaps but an enormously useful post for us Beethoven devotees who also love ballet.
  11. Hello! I'm new here but not shy about sharing my opinions. The version danced by the fabulous Irina Shapchits was the first version of that variation I ever saw. Now viewing the version danced by Stashkevich, I'm underwhelmed. It seems pedestrian in contrast, as reconstructions tend to be, imo. The choreographer of the version danced by Shapchits seems to have breathed new life into it.
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