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  1. Patrick Frenette has posted on his Instagram, on more than one occasion since this crisis started, his frustrations trying to get through to New York’s unemployment office. I think the crisis fund is also meant to support not only the dancers, but also the pianists, stage managers, foreign dancers who aren’t eligible for unemployment, and others impacted by the unexpected layoff. 

  2. A lot of ballet schools and Pilates studios are using Zoom to teach classes. I think the Instagram classes serve a purpose as well—they were up quickly before many studios had their classes up and running and they also made dancers feel less alone. The situation is obviously not ideal, especially for people who tend to be perfectionists used to working many hours a day, nearly every day, but feeling a sense that they are all in this together has eased some very real anxieties. 

  3. I wish I knew more about ballet so I could give better commentary. The best way I can explain things would be to say that rather than being a ballet where there is a lot of mime and people standing on the sides of the stage, broken up by stretches of either the Corp de ballet or a pas de deux or a solo (I know that’s a broad generalization), nearly everyone on stage is moving most of the time. I did sometimes wish for a break in the busyness of it all, thinking it would perhaps make the dramatic moments more dramatic.  But I loved that conversations were shorts bursts of choreography, if that makes any sense, and that they used a chorus of dancers since it is a staple of Greek drama. The men in particular seemed to get more choreography than is typical. I’ll see how I feel after at least one more viewing. For now I’ll say that I loved the choreography but wasn’t emotionally moved by the story. 

  4. Catherine Hurlin has very little social media presence and I just watched her dance the lead in the world premiere of Of Love and Rage, so the old fashioned route is still working for some. I hope the number of Instagram followers doesn’t influence casting. Dancers are busy enough without having to spend their free time worrying about a perfectly curated social media presence. 

  5. This is really hitting a lot of students hard, particularly the boys who knew him. Thanks to social media, text messaging and FaceTime, kids from all over stay in touch with other students they meet. His loss is felt far beyond his immediate ABT JKO community. It is so very sad. My thoughts are with his family and all of the people his life has touched. 

  6. Casting is out for Costa Mesa...

    Principal Casting

    Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Catherine Hurlin
    Chaereas – Aran Bell

    Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Christine Shevchenko
    Chaereas – Thomas Forster

    Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Catherine Hurlin
    Chaereas – Aran Bell

    Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Hee Seo
    Chaereas – Calvin Royal III

    Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Christine Shevchenko
    Chaereas – Thomas Forster

  7. Everything about this man rubs me the wrong way for so many reasons. His arrogance is astounding. It’s not the job of a white man to tell a minority woman the appropriate response to racist imagery. He also commented on one of Skylar Brandt’s Instagram videos (of her doing pirouettes) that her placement was wrong but that he could help her fix it. 

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