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    Fan, mother of ballet student
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  1. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    That tattoo very much resembles the neo-Nazi black sun imagery.
  2. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    I can’t imagine he’d apologize, because he has newer posts where he tries to convey the same opinions in a slightly sanitized way. (Not sure if his Keanu Reeves post is still there. Poor Keanu, it probably wasn’t even his words). It will be interesting to see how other dancers react to dancing with him. I’ve seen plenty in the U.S. expressing their disgust (with his words—not having to dance with him).
  3. The announcement said James Whiteside was ill and the kids in the show confirmed it.
  4. Skylar Brandt just posted that she and Daniil Simkin are going on tonight instead of Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. I’m not sure why. Isabelle and James were here rehearsing yesterday. I already have tickets for tonight and planned to see Brandt/Simkin Saturday afternoon. They are still doing that show as well, so I may go Sunday afternoon for my second show instead.
  5. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    David LaChapelle commented on some of his posts.
  6. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    Exactly! If an old tweet pops up of someone saying something offensive as a teenager, I try to forgive and move on, as teenagers don’t have fully developed frontal lobes and usually have very little experience with the larger world. From a 29 year old man who has seen more of the world than most people I can’t excuse his words as ignorance.
  7. They both trained at Master Ballet Academy.
  8. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    I find that when men speak about how they should be the strong, dominant ones in a relationship, though it’s often coded as an attack on other men they view as weak, it is actually really about women who refuse to accept the role as the weaker sex. But, of course, since men are supposed to be the stronger sex, it must be their fault that women are getting away with it. I’m not surprised their relationship didn’t last.
  9. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    I would say he did more than that. He is endorsing men as being the strong providers and women as being weak and delicate and needing men to take care of them. He is extending his views beyond just what he prefers to see on stage.
  10. Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.Isabella BoylstonJames WhitesideStella AbreraThomas ForsterFriday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.Sarah LaneCarlos GonzalesMisty CopelandCalvin Royal IIISaturday, January 19 at 2 p.m.Skylar BrandtDaniil SimkinHee SeoAlexandre HammoudiSaturday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m.Cassandra TrenaryTyler MaloneyChristine ShevchenkoBlaine HovenSunday, January 20 at 1 p.m.Isabella BoylstonJames WhitesideStella AbreraThomas Forster As this is (hopefully) the final cast list, after quite a few changes, I need to choose two casts to see. I’m definitely seeing Boylston/Whiteside/Abrera/Forster. For the second, I’m leaning toward Brandt/Simkin/Seo/Hammoudi. There are still a lot of unsold tickets. I wonder if it’s because It’s coming so quick on the heels of Nutcracker.
  11. AB'sMom

    Sergei Polunin

    Well, he has an Instagram account now, and he has an interesting rant about how men should be men and women should be women. I think I preferred it when I knew less about his thoughts.
  12. She was so beautiful, I actually cried. I especially loved the two of them together. Because our daughter was in the show the past three years, we’ve seen every other cast multiple times, but my husband said this was definitely his favorite. Christine Shevchenko is just the perfect combination of technical skill and warmth and emotion. She moves her upper body so beautifully. The audience really seemed to love them, too. Kenneth Easter, who teaches at the school, came out of “retirement” to play the grandfather and Mother Ginger, which thrilled the students.
  13. I’ve only heard great things about her, so I can’t wait to see her! I am also really looking forward to seeing Forster in a lead role. (I’ll be seeing him in Harlequinade as well, but that role is quite different).
  14. I just bought more tickets, this time for Shevchenko/Forster. Hopefully that casting doesn’t change—I’m determined to see a cast I haven’t seen before.
  15. Oh no! I have tickets for the matinee on the 16th. I wanted to see Abrera/Bell.
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