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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Avid fan, ex-dancer, amateur ballet expert
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  1. Etoile Eleonora Abbagnato will be performing Le Parc on December 23 for her farewell performance. IMO this will be a lovely ballet for her to exit with. There is a great video on the Paris Opera website on this link. https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/magazine/parcours-detoile-with-eleonora-abbagnato?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_term=_
  2. If anyone saw May Nagahisa's Giselle with Philipp Stepin I would love to hear about it.
  3. For those of you that are fans of Kristina Lind, you may enjoy this video of the Munich Ballet Company Class from World Ballet Day 2019. Lind is vey prominent. At the barre, she is on one of the barres on the left part of the screen. She stands behind a beautiful dancer in a black t shirt. Kirstins is in all black with pointe shoes on. In the center, she also stays to the left and wears a purple leotard with black shorts. Kristina is such a divine dancer and those feet n' legs...dreamy... Yana Zelensky teaches this fantastic class! Very good for strength building with simple yet challenging combinations. The dancers are top notch!
  4. A lot of my early ballet viewing was on VHS tapes but the first ballet I saw ABT do live was Romeo and Juliet. So I will start there. 1. Romeo and Juliet - Marianna Tcherkassky and John Gardner 2. Giselle - Alessandra Ferri 3. Don Quixote - VHS with Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov 4. Le Jeune Homme et la Morte - Mikhail Baryshnikov in the opening scene of White Nights. The music got into my soul... 5. Triad - VHS with Amanda McKerrow, Robert La Fosse, and Johan Renvall
  5. According to this article she was in Concerto Barocco at the 2019 workshop performance. Lovely photo of her! http://www.seeingdance.com/school-of-american-ballet-12062019/
  6. Congratulations to all who were promoted! So they get to choose their variations or are they assigned?
  7. @Sebastien Yes I had the same thing so I just gave up. If you find a solution please let me know.
  8. It's funny that you should mention their pointe shoes as a week prior I had seen them do Jewels in Los Angeles and noticed the same thing. Hopefully Gaynor can find a way to keep their shoe more comfortable and durable while making them more aesthetically pleasing. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to see them do La Bayadere in DC. Kondaurova was Nikiya and Batoeva was Gamzatti. It was heavenly. Thank you for your detailed review!
  9. Very exciting indeed! I would love to see Charline Giezendanner promoted to Premiere Danseuse.
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    Victor Lebedev

    In my opinion it is outstanding for a number of reasons. First of all he is a strong partner and really allows Borchenko to shine and shine she does! Secondly, he is a brilliant actor portraying the troubled Prince Seigfried in 3 dimensions. Lastly, his technique is SUPERB. Those clean fifths he lands in from the double tours enl'air in his variation are so clean.
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    David Zaleyev

    Recently I have discovered that amazingness that is David Zaleyev, Second Soloist at Mariinsky. Last weekend I saw him in the pas de trois in Emeralds and he was one of the best male dancers on stage that entire evening. Here he is with Renata Shakirova in a 2017 performance of The Nutcracker. It makes me wonder why he isn't a first soloist yet. In my opinion he is quite a versatile dancer. He can do roles such as Mercutio, The Jester in Legend of Love, Broze Idol, The Hooligan and then be a princely cavalier in the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Mariinsky has a wealth of male (and female) talent in the soloist ranks.
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    Victor Lebedev

    WOW! Lebedev's variation in this is fantastic! His technique is so clean and he has such a lovely facility. Soboleva is quite lovely as well.
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    Victor Lebedev

    What a lovely dancer to discuss! It looks as though he is on the shorter side and perhaps he thought he would be limited at the Mariinsky. Isn't Sarafanov married to Olesya Novikova? Is that a common thing to be married and be in separate companies? Check out this charming performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-khwp2WPi_I
  14. That is disappointing to here that the Bolshoi's contribution is staged. This is the first year Shipulina was not seen taking class and I always loved watching her.
  15. Thank you for the review! I did not realize Simone Messmer had left the company. Do you know why or where she went?
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