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Nzoia

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    Joy Womack

    I wonder if she has given up the Kremlin, or whether she is a dual principal at the Kremlin and Universal. Does anyone know?
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    Joy Womack

    In my view, Joy's problems are self-imposed; and, unless she changes, they will follow her wherever she goes. As I mentioned, I think she has become a dancer to be reckoned with. I have seen some internationally famous principal dancers whose performances of Odette-Odile have not come close to the quality of Joy's performances. Unfortunately, she wears her emotions on her sleeve, publicly airing her dirty laundry and talking badly about partners and co-dancers. When she tells the world that one of her partners is a drunk, he will not relish dancing with her or have any interest
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    Joy Womack

    Watched Joy Womack, with her partner, Alexey Lyubimov, a soloist from the Stanislavsky Ballet of Moscow, dancing the Black Swan Pas de Deux at the Asian Grand Prix. Albeit, the video was a la Womack from the wings; however, in my view, anyone who pulls her dancing apart is simply not on. She has become a dancer to be reckoned with. My hope is that she will tone down her vlogging -- preferably end it -- and continue her career, for now, in Moscow at the Kremlin or other ballet company in Russia. She invested so much to obtain that Russian connection. It is why she is where she is today.
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    Joy Womack

    Hi Charlie, I agree. I think Joy Womack is a very talented dancer, with much potential. She sometimes speaks unprofessionally about her co-dancers and company in her vlogs, putting herself at risk of jeopardizing her future. That is why many people express their hope that she stop vlogging.
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    Joy Womack

    Hi Fraildove. Pretty well agree with all that you say, I understand the fame and high recognition of the POB. Some individual amazing dancers. The corps is good (but as you say not as good as the Mariinsky corps -- the best barre none). POB students look outstanding. However, for me, somehow all that does not translate on stage, especially with the women. I think the men tend to be better. I am still working on figuring out why I am not a fan of POB performances. Most likely the style. I haven't seen enough of Hannah O'Neille to say much. I think it is obvious
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    Joy Womack

    Balanchine's Ballet imperial by the Mariinsky. The NYCB could not possible match it, in my view.
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    Joy Womack

    The improvement in the quality of the Royal Ballet has, in my view, been dramatic since it opened its doors to outside dancers.
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    Joy Womack

    I agree that an attached academy is very important; however, the best companies accept the best from elsewhere (providing, of course, they fit their brand). The POB and NYCB, of course, have been known for having closed shops. In my view, it shows. As I mentioned in a post the other day, ABT actually changed its model to rely on importing principals. Kevin McKenzie's idea was to be able to cast the best in a specific role, rather than an in-house principal who may not be the best in a specific role. I think it is an excellent idea. Even, all the top Russian companies now import talent.
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    Joy Womack

    I could be wrong about this. That's why I added "I think." Can't remember where I got the notion. Certainly, the POB has started opening its doors -- albeit, gingerly. A good move I think. I don't think insularity ultimately serves a company well.
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    Joy Womack

    Neither one. The ABT has become an interesting variant of a company, with top international principals who are also principals at other companies. Without looking up his specific wording, Kevin McKenzie came up with the great idea of importing principals to dance parts in which they excel, instead of casting a dancer in roles, in which he/she may not excel just because he/she is a principal. I think it is an excellent idea and has certainly catapulted ABT. I have been told, but cannot personally vouch for it, that the corps is not that great. I love to follow dancers I believe
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    Joy Womack

    You can check the history out right on the Vaganova website.
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    Joy Womack

    The Imperial Ballet School and Vaganova Academy are one and the same.
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    Joy Womack

    Pretty sure it was the 1949 Sadler's Wells tour to the U.S. (think they went across the country).
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    Joy Womack

    I completely agree. A mix is good, and I think all top companies strive for that mix. At one time the NYCB didn't have enough of a mix. As we have discussed, that has changed. I appreciate your love of the NYCB. From my perspective of loving Russian Ballet, it was, after all founded by a former Vaganova Academy graduate and former Mariinsky Ballet dancer. But as I mentioned, I am not a Balanchine fan. I believe the NYCB is beginning to open up to outside dancers now, as is the POB -- a positive move I think. My absolute ballet idol at one time was Suzanne Farrel, but tastes and prefere
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    Joy Womack

    My comment was strictly relating to me, alone. I don't recall saying I didn't want to read others doing it or that I would not. Just expressed my feelings about my own input. As a dancer, I understand the sensitivity of comparisons for those being compared. About the ballets. Sometimes companies don't put on some of the full length ballets because of the number of dancers in the ballet and problems with licensing. Also, of course cost of staging the particular version of a new ballet to a company: the choreography, commissions, repetiteurs, costumes, scenery, etc.
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    Joy Womack

    Don't agree that Joy is earthbound. Check out her instagram, Gamzatti and Don Quixote. Communication skills are definitely a difference between them, with Misty in the winning seat. Joy is developing her musicality with experience. Don't think she could have done so well in her various competitions without musicality. Misty is more a modern ballet type and definitely earthbound. Joy is more lyrical and classical, with killer turns. There is no comparison on the technique, with Joy the winner. Joy has had problems with turnout, showing up in her attitudes. With her Kremlin Ballet coach
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    Joy Womack

    It was Martins who had to start focusing on the classical ballets to save the company.
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    Joy Womack

    Found out about this when researching the financial trials and tribulations of the NYCB. The internet is such an amazing tool. We are so lucky.
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    Joy Womack

    Ok. Hear you. I haven't seen the Bolshoi's "Rubies," so can't comment.
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    Joy Womack

    That is true. The NYCB was teetering on bankrupty so added the classics. Perhaps I should have said it started focusing more on the classics. Of course, all dancers at any top company are good dancers. Of course, the dancers at NYCB are good dancers. I would never denigrate their talent. I respect the difficulties of ballet and the profession too much for that; however, whether the NYCB dancers of today fit Balanchine's vision is another question. I consider Pierre Lacotte one of the top choreographers today by far -- better than some who are getting all kinds of
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    Joy Womack

    We'll have to disagree on that one. I could create a similar response negating the opinions of all the commentators on You Tube and ballet sites who negate Russian dancers' ability to perform Balanchine exquisitely. I would certainly put a whole lot more weight on what Pierre Lacotte has to say. Also, the NYCB and its dancers have changed considerably since Balanchine's time at the company.
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    Joy Womack

    A two-pronged response vis-a-visa Joy's recent revelations about leaving the Kremlin Ballet and classical versus modern ballet - a little long, I'm afraid. I had a lot to say. Classical vs Modern Ballets / Joy Well-trained classical ballet dancers can perform any modern works. The same does not necessarily stand for well-trained modern ballet dancers performing classical works . Training at the top academies in Russia is impeccable -- the best. In fact, training at top Russian academies probably includes more variety of dance than training in the West. Joy is well
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    Joy Womack

    She won the gold medal at the Korean International Ballet Competition. The Kremlin Ballet has been a participant in her entering various competitions. Certainly, she received coaching from her Kremlin Ballet coach for the competitions. Without doubt she has proved that she is a talented dancer with huge potential. She posted photos at the Korean competition of herself with the director of the Kremlin Ballet. Unfortunately, she does not have a professional mentor who can guide her in her social media and other publicity; however, I think grace demands credit where credit is due. She has do
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    Joy Womack

    No dancer can take a year off and expect to maintain his/her standing, unless it is someone at the top of his/her game, such as, say, David Hallberg or Uliana Lopatkina who each took considerable time off to attend to injuries.
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