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  1. 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).
  2. The announcement said James Whiteside was ill and the kids in the show confirmed it.
  3. 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.
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    Sergei Polunin

    David LaChapelle commented on some of his posts.
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    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.
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    First Position - What Ever Happened To.....

    They both trained at Master Ballet Academy.
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    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.
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    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.
  9. 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.
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    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.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    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.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    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).
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    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.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    Oh no! I have tickets for the matinee on the 16th. I wanted to see Abrera/Bell.
  15. It looks like you can use BOGO18 tomorrow for tickets to the Thursday night Harlequinade show.
  16. My daughter is dancing in Harlequinade, but they haven’t given us casting yet, so I wasn’t able to take advantage of the BOGO deal for tickets and I already bought my Nutcracker tickets. Maybe next year I’ll hold off until Black Friday.
  17. I just received an email saying that they need male supers for the performances this weekend, with rehearsal tonight! Any men out there interested?
  18. That analogy doesn’t really apply. If someone was looking at Google maps and a financial record popped onto the screen showing you were stealing from the person, then the analogy might fit. If I asked someone to borrow a pen, he directed me to a drawer, and there were clearly visible naked photos of me in the drawer, I wouldn’t just close the door and move along. Maybe I’m angrier, but I feel that your right to privacy ends the moment I discover you’ve violated mine.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    When Cate Hurlin was Clara as a kid they told her she was going to be the next Gillian Murphy. My daughter was one of the Claras the past two years and they joked that if Cate was the next Gillian, then my daughter was the next Cate. It was sweet, but we don’t take it too seriously! The experience is great for all the kids.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    Most of them, but the height limit is 5’2” (and I actually think it was kept a little shorter this year), so there are always a few from other schools. Harlequinade will only be kids from the ABT Gillespie School. The height limit was upped to 5’3” for that show. There are a lot of kids rehearsing both shows for the next couple of months.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    I wish Segerstrom would send out emails when there are casting updates, but I guess they don’t want to flood inboxes with too many emails. I only heard about it from the ABT Gillespie School kids and then went to the website to see if they were right.
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    The TBA for Stella Abrera’s partner has been filled in with.....(drumroll)......Aran Bell.
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    ABT in D.C. - Jan 2019

    Lane and Shevchenko will be in California for Nutcracker a couple of weeks earlier, but Boylston won’t be. I’m not sure if that’s a sign for Harlequinade or not.
  24. I read it as Finlay sending a photo of Waterbury to a former SAB student/current PNB dancer, not that the former student was in the photo.
  25. Yes, I believe NYCB said his donations were made between 2010-2016, so it seems he aged out of the Young Patrons program.
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