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  1. I also am curious about Lauren Fadeley’s trajectory at MCB in comparison to that of Kathryn. I’ve never seen her dance, so I can’t comment on that. However, she and Kathryn don’t look much different in size based on this picture (would have been right before Lauren was pregnant or only a few weeks along). This picture may not be very accurate, though.
  2. I can’t find where casting is listed on MCB’s website—did Kathryn Morgan perform?
  3. Not sure how to link instagram stories since they are temporary, but Waterbury has a story today addressing why she is focusing on Amar and not Chase. She says it is due Chase having left NYC and knowing what he did was wrong, whereas Amar has stayed and not apologized/pretended to be innocent. Just reporting her words—not my feelings.
  4. Was Abi Stafford casted as much last year? I feel like there was a long period where I never saw her name—was she injured?
  5. wonderwall

    Kathryn Morgan

    Kathryn posted that she is learning a “gift of a role,” which she later hints at being Firebird in the comments. Sounds like she is slated to dance it later this season!
  6. Did Ana Sophia Scheller ever address why she left SFB? Was she injured? She is such a gorgeous dancer—I hope she continues in another company!
  7. So happy for them! Based on the #twinsisters, I’m guessing she is having girls. I’ve always been a fan of Ashley, and I really hope she decides to return! Looking through her pictures she posted/was tagged in the last few months, I can’t believe she was pregnant (and with twins, no less!). She looks beautiful!
  8. Ashley Hod will be preforming at Saratoga after being out for over a year due to an injury.
  9. Are there any other reported retirements other than Ashly and Justin Peck? I thought Sarah Villwock may be leaving since her husband left to work for PNB, but I haven’t seen anything indicating she will do so. Also, add Olivia Mackinnon to the list of injured dancers. She has posted some stories in the last few days about an injury and was in the hospital. Sending healing thoughts her way!
  10. Sad about Ashly Isaacs. It seems like she was cast a bit this year, but I can’t renember if it was any point roles or if she was replaced. I feel bad she never came back from her injury, but I hope she continues dancing (if able!) in some capacity. in teens if promotions, I hold these new debuts are indicative of a promotion for Laracey, she is long overdue. However, I think it is more likely there will be more Corp to soloist promotions (especially with Isaacs leaving). Although it is early, it seems like Mejia is deserving of a promotion.
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    Kathryn Morgan

    She performed scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Giselle this weekend at a gala in Arizona. She posted some footage of the actual performance on her Instagram story, but nothing permanent yet. Here are some snippets of rehearsal footage, though!
  12. I wish Laracey would get a shot at Aurora, but I definitely think Woodward would be great.
  13. I’d love to hear any reports on Staker’s marzipan debut! Speaking of Ashly Issacs, when was she last on stage?
  14. wonderwall

    Kathryn Morgan

    I wouldn’t agree with or advocate for that either—just mentioned it popped into my mind. 😊 As I stated, I don’t think Kathryn rejoining NYCB would be a good fit on either side for the aforementioned reasons (rep, gap in employment, performance schedule, NYCB’s abundance of talented females).
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    Kathryn Morgan

    I agree that Washington Ballet seems like it’d be a great fit. Carolina and Boston Ballet also come to mind. That “celebrity” hiring factor popped into my mind as well, but in terms of NYCB—timing her return with the announcement of the AD in an effort to start the company’s new chapter with a feel-good tone/get good publicity. However, NYCB Is bursting at the seams with talented female dancers, so I couldn’t see that happening (and like others noted above, it may not be a good fit for her anymore due to her employment gap/rep of interest). Maybe she’d want to go outside the US? Merde to Kathryn! I hope she achieves whatever she has in mind!
  16. I am excited that Staker will be debuting Marzipan during week three! I am interested to hear how she does if anybody attends.
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    Kathryn Morgan

    She responded to somebody asking her if she was going to try out for a company again with "I may be working on it 😉" (see instagram video comments below). She seems to be devoting herself to it, so I hope she achieves whatever she is hoping for. Based on her more recent posts/stories, it seems like she moved to NYC, so I wonder if she is just training there or hoping to audition for NYC-based companies.
  18. In this article on Laracey (which I highly recommend if you are a fan of her's), it says she was out for an entire year after she ripped three ligaments during a 2004 Nutcracker performance, so I imagine that may have detoured her progression at the beginning of her career. The article mentions some of her perceived weaknesses ("mental toughness"), so perhaps that is something that has impeded her. Regardless, based on how she performs on stage, her lack of promotion to principal at this point is astonishing to me. In my opinion, she has been the member of the company most deserving of/in need of a promotion for at least the past couple of years. I feel like age must play some factor as she is ~35 now. I imagine promoting the newer talent is preferred, but I feel as though age shouldn't play a factor in promotions as long as the performances are deserving. Off my soapbox--congratulations to all the new promotions! I am especially happy for Claire K. and Joseph Gordon.
  19. Is the video they are referencing in #37 ("With defendants CHASE FINLAY and AMAR RAMASAR, wherein they both boast that they love being with the women of defendant NEW YORK CITY BALLET, INC.") the AOL video posted up thread? I am still mystified as to why NYCB ever thought that video was a highlight of their company/their male dancers when the majority of it is just the straight dancers defending their masculinity and explaining their profession as giving them access to women. Also, #94 is absolutely disgusting. Looking at Amar's most recent post, even if the picture was consented to, I can't imagine the subject okayed the circulation of it. Provided all of the alleged is true, it definitely makes me think "don't let the door hit you on the way out" re: Amar and Catazaro.
  20. Is Georgina Pazcogiun dancing this season? I can't remember if she returned at the end of last season or not.
  21. I don't think this necessarily makes them culpable, but I thought this was interesting. And it makes me like Stafford--I wonder if it was during this interim period? They just say "program director," but before his interim position, he was at SAB, so not sure how much contact he and Finlay would have had then. Indeed. one of the program directors, Jon Stafford. frequently asked Mr. Finlay about his partying and alcohol use because he smelled like alcoholic beverages and yet, NEW YORK CITY BALLET, INC. buried its head in the sand without investigating Mr. Finlay's conduct.
  22. During graduate school, I remember reading a few ethnographic studies on male sports teams regarding gender norms, masculinity, etc. One of the interesting observations made was that male teams in sports typically viewed as a "softer" or "more feminine" often had cultures that endorsed toxic masculinity (I remember a particularly shocking one about a male volleyball team, but interesting nonetheless). Of course, ballet is not a gendered team sport in the traditional sense, but reading through this, it makes me wonder whether their profession causes some male dancers to feel the need to overtly demonstrate macho masculinity/womanizing behavior (compensating in some way). While ballet is already entrenched in gendered roles/power structures, it is just interesting food for thought. I watched this after reading this thread and thought it was very interesting--especially 2:52 through the end.
  23. I am pretty sure the "put up with Alex" in #61 is referring to Alexandra Waterbury and not Alexa Maxwell based on Finlay saying it, and the "referring to the fact that she was 19 years-old" would fit with Alexandra's age at that time. I don't think Finlay's comment about sharing Alexandra with Amar and Alexa was about giving photos to both of them but rather was more of a vulgar statement regarding sexually passing around his girlfriend (Alexandra)--or at least that is how I read it. Very disappointing all around.
  24. IIRC, Craig Hall didn't get an on-stage acknowledgment during his final appearance (which I believe was at Saratoga, where they'd perhaps be even more likely to do so since it is more of a casual environment). Though, I agree it would be nice to do some type of on-stage acknowledgment for departing non-principle dancers.
  25. Who would be the most senior corps member with Brown leaving? Possibly Anderson? Congrats to her with a full ride to NYU (assuming to their medical school)! Megan Fairchild posted a cute tribute to Lowery the other day (hover over the picture and click the arrows to see all four pictures):
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