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  1. I saw on Skylar's last instagram post with Aran Bell that she is hoping to perform Giselle in DC next year...so hopefully that is true and we will get to see her debut in it next year!
  2. I actually messaged Skylar about posting the Giselle videos to her story which she replied immediately being like GREAT idea. She's such a sweet and talented ballerina I hope to see her as Giselle one day!
  3. So is stella not getting sleeping beauty this year? I didn't see her on the list but I wasn't sure.
  4. I see Stella retiring before Gillian, and even then she might want to stay on a few more years since she had such a short time as principal. Unless of course, McKenzie treats her the same way as Part. Gillian, still has fabulous technique and barring injury I think she could dance for a few more years(have you seen her insane turn videos on instagram?). I can see her start to retire certain roles or perform less in a season but for now I don't think she has any intention of retiring. Though, I would love to see Brandt and Trenary get promoted soon! Brandt is just electric and I would love to see her as Medora, Aurora, Kitri!
  5. But didn't he literally JUST promote her to principle 2 seasons ago? Like why promote her if you don't want to cast her in anything? But maybe Lane will leave instead...if I'm Lane I would leave.
  6. I hope I'm allowed to post videos in here! But here are two videos I found of Zakahrova-Rodkin and Kovaleva-Tissi. Please keep discussions about the video civil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6JRIjwydjg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWuoyM4OD-o
  7. Glad you enjoyed it! I've been following along on instagram trying to see videos and there are some videos on insta stories and posts that I have downloaded. If anyone wants to see it feel free to PM me! Also, Carla Fracci and miuccia prada and other fashion designers were also in attendance last night which is pretty cool! From what I have seen on social media, it seems that Tissi and Alena have grown closer over this last year. They often hang out together (via insta stories) and his family often comments on her instagram which leads me to think they are actively trying to build a relationship which can only be good for us ballet viewers! Since, Kovalyova is so tall her partners are quite limited so a good relationship with Tissi is important I think! I think for Tissi, it was special for him because he's from Italy, this was where he danced until he came to the Bolshoi so it was a homecoming of sorts for him so I'm sure it was very emotional for him. In the clips I've seen, he looks better here than he did in their debut! Also, do you still have a way to view her debut? I would love to see it to compare it to the little tidbits from this time to see the improvement you speak of. Thanks!
  8. I see on Instagram (Grishkoworld posted) & on the official Bolshoi website that Alyona has been promoted to first soloist & Jacopo Tissi to Leading soloist! Congrats to both ❤️ . I'm pretty sure Alyona has been promoted because she was a soloist last year correct?
  9. I follow Brandt on instagram, and her latest story today had the caption "When Basillio shows off for kitri" and she was sitting off to the side. It seems like she is at least understudying Kitri? (Does she not have a performance of Kitri?) Also, if you guys follow Sarah Lane she just posted videos on her story of her rehearsing Don Q!
  10. Did anyone get a chance to see Gillian Murphy's Juliet? I know is the past that hasn't been one of her "signature" roles but i was wondering if it maybe got better this year?
  11. http://melmoth.blog/post/173892865283/there-was-an-interview-posted-by-телеканал#notes Here's a translation since it seems most of us can't understand Russian!
  12. At least on the subject of Diamonds I feel that Alyona was ready. She performed Diamonds in NYC in front of critics who are well versed in Balachine and most called her sensational and wrote rave reviews about her performance. They even elevated her above the NYCB principals who also performed that night. I thought with Swan Lake, I highly enjoyed her Odette but agreed that her Odile needs more work to be more convincing! But again, that is something that comes with age. She might be too young now to fully embrace the Odile role imho. Also, yes I did see some technical mishaps such as the famous fouettes in black swan. They were not done extremely confident but passable in my opinion. I hope she works on that step quite a bit before performing next as I'm sure her great height is a challenge in fouettes. With La Bayadere, I quite like what she portrayed and I thought she did a good job emoting. On the subject of emotional portrayal, I do not come from a ballet background but instead from a classical music background. In my honest opinion, as long as the dancer seriously discusses with herself on the portrayal and commits I am happy. What I mean by that is, there are a thousand ways to interpret a piece or role so as long as serious effort was made to portray an appropriate emotion. I would love other people's thoughts on above! I am a big fan of Alyona, I generally follow more NYCB, ABT dancers since I live in America but I saw her post on some random ballet instagram and immediately had to look her up. Once I did, I fell in love with her dancing!
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