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83firefly

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    Ex-dancer, teacher, fan
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  1. Thank you for sharing that video, Kathleen! Beautiful... such ballon Watts had! I'm just jumping on here, though I've been keeping up with the posts over the last few days. What I wanted to respond to was Kathryn Morgan's video. Some mentioned that they were surprised that she brought up the term "rape" when that particular word hadn't yet been used, but I would venture to guess that she was responding to the questions she's received privately from her followers. So even though the articles were referring to sexual harassment and physical abuse allegations, perhaps Morgan's fans have been
  2. Whew, finally getting around to my write-up of this lovely performance! It was a great program overall, presenting a wide range of styles and moods. I was expecting to be impressed by Unity Phelan and Kristen Segin at the very least, and those two did not disappoint. Let's break it down! In the Night 1st couple: Olivia MacKinnon & Alec Knight; 2nd couple: Unity Phelan & Chase Finlay; 3rd couple: Abi Stafford & Adrien Danchig-Waring At the risk of sounding like a horrible person, I have to admit I was shocked I was seeing a representative of one of the
  3. Great, thanks! I enjoyed seeing Segin in Walpurgisnacht Ballet on the NYCB in Paris broadcast. I remember seeing this photo of her a few years ago and thinking she looked uncannily like a young Amanda McKerrow!
  4. Just found out the casting for this performance: http://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB-MOVES_Iowa-City_October-24-25,-2017.pdf Lots of debuts! I'll be seeing it on Wednesday, so they'll have one under their belt by then. Regular NYCB-goers, any dancers I should keep an eye out for? There are a few I'm quite familiar with thanks to social media and video clips (and I'm particularly eager to see Unity Phelan), but let me know if any of the up-and-comers are ones to watch closely. Of course, there are dancers in the company whom I'd
  5. 🙌🏻 Preach! No, I agree that it's quite refreshing to see her in such a happy, confident place. Being a longtime TMer myself, I can attest to the benefits it provides, especially that sense of inner calmness when anxiety is your go-to. And isn't it funny how veering off the straight path to try something new on the side, however daunting, often ends up enhancing your life in unimaginable ways? Kudos to Megan! Can't wait to read everyone's takes on her and Tiler's debuts.
  6. Isn't that amazing? You're very welcome! The only thing that bothers me a bit is how dead her pointe shoes look in that last pique diagonal -- like she can't quite get up on her right shoe. But I haven't seen her dance very much, so maybe that's just how she likes her shoes. The last developpe before the gargouillade, though -- so lovely the way she lingers!
  7. Seeing that NYT video of Boylston reminded me of this gem that showed up in my Instagram feed the other day. Lorna Feijoo's musicality, attack, suspensions... this is what comes to mind when I think of the Tchai Pas variation.
  8. Haha, seriously! I'm glad I'm not the only one. Champing at the bit here in Iowa.
  9. You guys are awesome! Thank you so much, sandik, Kathleen O'Connell, and DC Export. I'll make sure to report back after the show.
  10. That's a great idea! Does the NYCB website have the exact music listed for each piece in their repertoire? Thanks for the info!
  11. Good to know! I've only seen Sonatine, when it was on the PBS broadcast of NYCB in Paris. Ok, thanks for the scoop. I will definitely go! It'll be a week and a half after their Fall 2017 season ends, if that means anything.
  12. Yeah, I saw a few pics on Jennifer's IG feed as well. I think #retirement confirms it.
  13. As an Iowan who has loved NYCB from afar for many years but never seen them perform live, I was thrilled to see that they'd be coming to Hancher in Iowa City this fall. Hancher has had a longtime relationship with the Joffrey, but I don't know that NYCB has come here before (I think it helps that Miriam Miller is from Iowa City, and that the theater was recently rebuilt after a flood -- it's looking incredible). So my question to you NYCB experts is, what exactly is the MOVES distinction? Should I expect to just see some of the up-and-comers, or does it include principals and solo
  14. Can't wait to find out!! Crossing fingers and toes for Royal and Lane.
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