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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    I used to be a dancer and now I'm a frequent ballet goer
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    New York
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    New York

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  1. jessa_sissonne

    2018 Spring Season

    I love her too! She has such a great presence and holds herself like a queen.
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    2018 Spring Season

    I'm not seeing a lot of reviews of the season so far. What are people thinking?
  3. jessa_sissonne

    Winter 2018

    I have noticed Rachel Hutsell in the past and always admired her great jumping skills, but she was definitely thinner. Perhaps she's just developing more muscles, I hope that's the case.
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    Winter 2018

    While I don't like Lowery in the leotard ballets (too exposed for her physique) I do enjoy her powerful dancing when she is wearing a longer skirt as pictured above. I don't mean to encourage extreme thin-ness among the dancers but I have noticed that a few corps dancers (notably Meaghan Dutton-O'Hara and Rachel Hutsell) are looking quite out of shape to a point where it is distracting. Maybe the interim management is trying to promote healthier bodies and that's great, but maybe some cross training would help.
  5. jessa_sissonne

    Winter 2018

    I agree with jerryb. It was a long and grueling show. When did they do away from the plastic looking costumes from Neverwhere? The dancing was a little sloppy and with the practice clothes I felt like I was watching a rehearsal. I'm failing to see the allure with Namouna. I was really excited by what I thought was the finale and then it dragged on for another 10 minutes. I was at the Sunday matinee.
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    Winter 2018

    Did anyone see Indiana Woodward last night as Juliet? I was interested to hear what people thought.
  7. jessa_sissonne

    Gomes and ABT

    Has anyone seen Marcelo’s movie? I see it’s playing at Film Forum in New York.
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    This article mentions a dancer named Wilhelmina Frankfurt that made some comments about Martins. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/ballet-chief-peter-martins-under-investigation-after-sexual-harassment-allegations/2017/12/04/a474eae6-d3a3-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.a29afbac8521
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    Nutcracker 2017

    Hi Everyone, I was just wondering if you all have been attending the Nutcracker and if you've seen any good castings or performances by new corps members or apprentices. I won't be attending this year - tickets are just too much! Jessa
  10. jessa_sissonne

    2017 Fall Season

    I agree!! I loved Liturgy and Polyphonia, but that last piece was way too loud! I was in row D on the side and five people from my row left just minutes into it. Not sure how I feel about Odessa. Sara Mearns didn't look as confident as she usually does, not sure what was up. However, Unity Phelan sure is one to watch. She was just stunning in the "Eyes Wide Shut" PDD in Polyphonia. Did anyone else attend the Heather Watts lecture on Agon? Unity performed at that. I didn't know if there was a thread for that elsewhere. It was very interesting.
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    Ballerinas/danseurs who met tragic ends in real life

    Does anyone know what happened to James Dunne? I had him as a teacher shortly before he died and the studio wouldn't tell us anything. He was such a great teacher.
  12. jessa_sissonne

    2017 Fall Season

    I went to see SL last Wed. with Theresa Reichlen and Russell Janzen. I had never seen him dance in a principal role before and was very impressed. He had nice lines and a good stage presence. As for Teresa .... I have always admired her physique and was hoping to see some long legged gorgeousness along the lines of Maria Kowroski. It seemed that she barely used her extension AND her face was completely blank the whole time. For both Odette and Odile! This was even from the front row of the orchestra where I had a clear view of everything. The corps was great at dancing in unison in the swan sections, although in the palace scenes I could have done without the Jester character. When I sit on the far right side of the orchestra I notice that Peter Martins can barely wait until the curtain is down before he can run out and give notes to the dancers. He seems so overbearing and I can't wait to see who his replacement will be when he retires. I have had little respect for him since watching the Wendy Whelan documentary. And please PM, no more new choreography.
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    Hi Everyone!

    I can't wait! I have tickets to several shows so I'll definitely share!
  14. jessa_sissonne

    Hi Everyone!

    Hello! I've been reading these message boards for some time, so I thought I should make it official and join! I live in New York City and am a huge fan of New York City Ballet. I look forward to being a part of this community! Jessa