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McJagger

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  1. Incidentally, the claims that the company strongly favors graduates of its school isn't exactly what I see. Yes, they do try to hire at least some students from the school as apprentices (but many arrive in later years) in recent years it has sometimes been less than 50%. I see just about as many who aren't from the school joining the company as who are. And maybe they should keep an eye on their own graduates - NYCB does. As do other companies.
  2. I agree. I am NOT saying there isn't an issue but the scale is a different thing.
  3. I am thrilled for Siphe November. He was absolutely going places and if you have ever seen him dance in person you know you're in the presence of greatness. I am truly surprise about Hannah Fischer (and especially) Elena Lobsanova leaving. Elena was criminally underused.
  4. We went to see Swan Lake on August 6th. It was Anna Nikulina and Semyon Chudin. Again, I'm not an expert though I have seen many companies do Swan Lake. I thought the production was really very good and clean - no noticeable fumbles. Nikulina in particular was lovely. The only thing that threw me was the bowing mid-performance. I'm not accustomed to that. But altogether a lovely performance and evening.
  5. Felix Paquet has confirmed it on his Instagram and I see this on the Hamburg Ballet's site (in German but says he's a soloist as of September): https://www.hamburgballett.de/getPersonalInfo.php?p=MjE0NzQ4NTA3Nw-1
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    Kathryn Morgan

    What a wonderful story. It's nice to see a talented person who encountered hard times turn it around. I wish her all the best.
  7. To my surprise we'll also be in London in August and I have booked tickets. Not Zakharova but I can't have everything.
  8. Good for Dupont. It's a strong stand in the face of offensive comments.
  9. I'm sad about Robert Stephen, too. He was a solid performer.
  10. My daughter attended a dress rehearsal of Paz de la Jolla the other night. Dylan Tedaldi spoke to the group in the intermission and said he was leaving the company to go to a contemporary company in Israel.
  11. It appears as though it's for a charitable cause, though: http://firstbookcanada.org
  12. Wow. Tiler's fouettés are gorgeous to my eye.
  13. Evan McKie is now scheduled to perform Nijinksy in San Fran as per the National Ballet site and his Instagram.
  14. They made a last minute casting change and Elena Lobsanova debuted on the 10th with Naoya Ebe. I believe she was replacing Svetlana Lunkina who has been moved to the 15th.
  15. I'm so excited to hear about Siphe November. He just graduated from the National Ballet School last June where he was the "star" for a long time. He is relatively short but an amazing dancer and his jumps are incredible. It doesn't surprise me that he's already getting solo roles. I think he's one to watch. You might want to watch this video. His life story is quite incredible, too.
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