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  1. Lately, I have been reading through many older threads here and I just love this one. Some of my favorites include (in no particular order): -Diana Vishneva -Ekaterina Kondaurova -Anastasia Kolegova -Julie Kent -Ekaterina Shipulina -Yulia Stepanova -Yumi Kaneko -Maria Vinogradova -Maia Makhateli -Anna Tsyganova -Susan Jaffe -Aurelie Dupont -Irina Dvorovenko -Marianna Tcherkassky -Moira Shearer There are so many beautiful dancers that it is hard to choose!
  2. Just finished the Royal Ballet's stream of The Sleeping Beauty. It was fantastic! Just as fantastic as Romeo and Juliet. Fumi Kaneko made a beautiful Princess Aurora. Her Rose Adagio was absolutely stellar. Fumi is also very beautiful. She reminds me a bit of Julie Kent in terms of her facial features. Every variation she danced was pristine and so well rehearsed. Gary Avis stood out to me as one of her foreign suitors in the Rose Adagio. Any ballerina would be lucky to be partnered by him. Frederico Bonelli was princely and performed his role well. First Artist Genna Storm-Jensen was the Lilac Fairy and did a beautiful job. Her variation in the prologue was excellent. All of the fairies were excellent. The corps de ballet looked great. Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi almost stole the show with the Bluebird Pas De Deux. These two are some of the most exciting Royal Ballet principals in my opinion.
  3. Sarah will very much be missed. What a beautiful woman and dancer. She exuded such warmth and gravitas. Best wishes to Sarah for her next chapter!
  4. Although I preferred the full length ballet streamed by the NYCB, I cannot complain too much as they are sharing beautiful works of art. This last one was my least favorite as the excerpts were so short. The ones that impressed me the most were: The Times Are Racing - I love when the guys get to show their stuff and this was so much fun. Oltremare - It would be a treat for me to get to see this in it's entirety. The music, choreography, and dancers were delightful to me. Normally I prefer tutus and tiaras, but this struck me as very exciting.. The Runaway - After seeing Taylor Stanley as Apollo, I didn't think he could outdo himself but he did. There is something special about him and the way he moves - it's mesmerizing.
  5. Just finished watching Snowblind and I loved it. This is the first time I am seeing anything choreographed by Cathy Marston. Had I not read about it first, I would have been a little confused in terms of the corps representing snowfall and the elements. Sarah Van Patten was so powerful and poignant in her portrayal. Mathlide Froustey was very well cast as the young caretaker and was expertly partnered by Ulrik Burkkjaer. This ballet is a dramatic one indeed and may not be loved by all audiences, but I truly enjoy these types of ballets. I thought that the choreography was very effective in showing the depth of emotions that the characters were going through.
  6. Happy Birthday Alexandra!!!!! Thank you for this wonderful place to discuss all things ballet.
  7. Oh aren't they wonderful?!?! Megan just put up an interview with Indiana Woodward which is very interesting.
  8. Agreed on all points, but I did watch the interview with Hammoudi. The video where Isabella Boyton interviews Cynthia Harvey was almost unwatchable and I was unable to get past 10 minutes in. Perhaps I have been spoiled by Megan Fairchild's excellent interviewing skills, but Boylston was lackluster. Cynthia Harvey is a legend to me and needed a better interviewer. ABT is going to need to start upping their level of videos...
  9. Oooooh thank you @Buddy! I love watching dancers take class and I'll definitely tune in for this one!
  10. Lauren was lovely Julie indeed and I completely agree with you about Tyler and his menacing characterization. It played really well. The carousel section with the entire corps was impressive. This isn't the kind of ballet that I would run out to see but it looked fun. Maria Kowroski - ahhhhh...I think I could watcher her dance all day. She has a very aesthetically pleasing body to my eye. The costume for Liturgy looked so beautiful on her. Jared Angle is such a great partner! Lovely pas de deux.
  11. Just finished Pacific Northwest Ballet's dress rehearsal of Swan Lake. Standout performances for me were Kyle Davis as the Jester, James Moore as Wolfgang, Leta Biasucci is the Pas de trois, as a cygnet, and Neopolitan. Angelica Generosa was also quite fantastic in the Pas de trois. Kyle Davis stole the show for me as the Jester - he is quite a turner! Leta is lovely in everything she does. In this version, Wolfgang dances in the first Act and has a comedic role. The corps de ballet looked really good. The cygnets really impressed me. PNB is more a neoclassical company so my thinking is that their Swan Lake needs to be viewed with the understanding that it won't be like a typical Russian or more classical version. For me, understanding this makes it much more enjoyable. Do I prefer a more classical version? Yes, but I love PNB so they will always get my support. Some of the costumes could be updated or changed - mostly in the 3rd act divertissement. The Princess costumes were a bit fluffy and a couple of them actually had midriff showing which I thought looked strange. But the swan costumes were beautiful. Onto our leads - Noelani Pantastico is a beautiful woman with a feminine body and she used it especially well as Odile. Her Odette was lovely, but I would love for her to extend her arabesques for just a second longer in certain places. Her Odile was great, strong fouettés. Seth Orza was a strong and caring partner. What a handsome dancer he is. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to see them both in Dances At A Gathering.
  12. Oh yes indeed I could not agree more! Mearns was gorgeous beyond words. Her solo gave me chills. The entire performance had such a great energy from all of the dancers. Wow - Russell Janzen is such a noble and gracious partner. His turns in second were glorious as is the way in which he used his hands and fingers so expressively. Heavenly performance in my opinion!
  13. @pherank The carpet design is gorgeous!!!! The Lacroix costumes for Gaite Parisienne danced at ABT are really beautiful. On another note, I just want to thank you @pherank for you in-depth knowledge of all things ballet. It is truly a pleasure reading and participating in this forum.
  14. Sadly, I agree with you. They used to be my absolute favorite company filled with my favorite dancers. It has been a number of years since I have seen them as I feel that their quality has gone down. Hopefully that can recover from this. They'll need to try something different than what they're currently doing as it doesn't seem to be working.
  15. After reading many other posts on Justin Peck's Pulcinella, I feel comfortable writing my thoughts. Typically, I try to only post positive things but now I feel safe sharing some of my more negative thoughts. His ballet that just streamed for San Fransisco Ballet (Hurry Up, We're Dreaming) really bothered me. This is my own personal preference, but I tend not to like ballet to music with vocals. There are a few exceptions, but this was not one of them. The costumes were not flattering either. Ok - back to Pulcinella - my only issue was the costumes. Tiler Peck's costume was the only one that I feel did not distract or detract from her dancing. The costumes made it hard for me to enjoy his choreography. Perhaps if all of the ladies were in tights without any designs it would have been easier on my eyes. The dancers were amazing in this and I'd especially like to single out Andrew Scordato. Was he the man who had the variation right after Anthony Huxley? If so, Andrew Scordato was just beautiful to watch. His clean and precise technique made me wonder why he has not yet been promoted? Other standouts were Huxley and Tiler Peck. They were all great. Unfortunately, I am not as familiar with Justin peck's ballets as I would like to be. But most of what I have seen of his has been very enjoyable. Perhaps I am old fashioned with my taste in music! Truly I am just very grateful to be able to stream all of this wonderful ballet!
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